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What is a Star Route?

 

The legislation establishing new mail service in 1845 called for contractors to carry the mail with “celerity, certainty, and security.”

Weary of repeatedly writing these words in ledgers, postal clerks substituted three asterisks— * * * —and the phrase “Star Route” was born. Star Routes were renamed "Highway Contract Routes” in 1970, though they are still commonly known by their original name today. 

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Smithsonian Postal Museum