Annulment of Chorpenning’s Contract

On May 11, 1860, the postmaster general annulled George Chorpenning’s contract for carrying the mail from Salt Lake City to the west coast, and awarded it to the Central Overland California Pike’s Peak Express Company. This put the company into the stagecoach, express, and mail business for the territory from the Missouri River to California over the Central Route and in a position to compete with the Overland Mail Company.