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Michigan

Jackson

This mail was carried by a Mr. Darling, who lived on Neal's prairie in Calhoun county. In 1832 this route had attained sufficient importance to require that the mail should be carried in a covered wagon. Mr. Darling was succeeded by Mr. Lewis Barnes, of Gull Prairie, and the route was made include Kalamazoo, where a postoffice was established on the 14th at July, 1832. This was the first conveyance for passengers from Jackson west, and was a very primitive affair. Strength being an element of much greater importance than beauty, to the passenger as well as to the contractor, the state of the roads, or rather the want of roads, and particularly of bridges, and the sparseness of settlements being such as t make it of the last importance that there should be no break-down—for such unlucky accident have happened the chances were that the happy traveler would have to walk some miles before he could find a house to shelter him, if he did not have to pass a night under a tree, the more comfortable shelter of his wagon-bed.

Jackson
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