Star Route Frauds

The term "star route" was applied to special postal routes, usually in remote western regions of the country where the post office made delivery was by horse and wagon through the services of special contractors (not postal service employees). These routes were designated by asterisks (stars) on early Post Office maps.

During Garfield's brief presidency, two men were implicated in a scheme to overprice star route deliveries. Both individuals were friends of the new president, Chester Arthur; however, much to his credit, Arthur pushed their prosecution. In the end the accused were acquitted, but the fraudulent activities came to a halt. Arthur received recognition for acting in the public interest in his administration of the post office.

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Stars How countlessly they congregate O'er our tumultuous snow, Which flows in shapes as tall as trees When wintry winds do blow!-- As if with keeness for our fate, Our faltering few steps on To white rest, and a place of rest Invisible at dawn ...

Pike's Route
Zebulon M. Pike and exploring party passed near here Sept. 22, 1806 en route to the Pawnee Village to win tribal allegiance to the United States Ottawa County Historical Society 1962 May 11, 2002 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas / history@kslib.

Railroad Route
... Nearby Attractions The Route Across the West This map outlines the route of the transcontinental railroad through the West. It passed over at least six mountain ranges, spanned countless rivers, crossed six states, and established several ...