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Near Mentone in Loving County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Route of Old Butterfield Stagecoach Road

 
 
Route of Old Butterfield Stagecoach Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. Route of Old Butterfield Stagecoach Road Marker
Inscription. Over these tracks passed the Butterfield Stage, 1858-1861, providing for first time in history a combined passenger and mail service from Atlantic to Pacific coast. Operating westward from St. Louis and Memphis, John Butterfield's company used 1,350 mules and horses and 90 Concord coaches and wagons.

Stages traveled rapidly, despite lack of real roads. A signal given approaching a station would assure food on table for travelers, and fresh horses ready.

Stations were 12 to 113 miles apart. Route changes were often made to obtain water. The passengers and crew wore guns. Indians liked horses, so to reduce the danger of Indian attacks, mules were used west of Ft. Belknap. Trip one way took 25 days - 7 consumed in crossing Texas, from near Preston (now under Lake Texoma) to Jacksboro, Ft. Belknap, Ft. Chadbourne, and El Paso. One-way fare for the 2,700 miles was $200.

This marks a 113-mile span, from Emigrants' Crossing (82 mi. S) to Pope's Crossing (31 mi. N), that on inaugural trip, Sept. 16-Oct. 12, 1858, had no team-change. Route ran parallel to Pecos River. By November there were 3 change stations in this area, one being Skillman's Stop (6 mi. N). Route was shortened in 1860, going by Forts Stockson, Davis and Quitman, west of the Pecos.
 
Erected 1968 by State
Route of Old Butterfield Stagecoach Road Marker (on the right) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. Route of Old Butterfield Stagecoach Road Marker (on the right)
Goodnight-Loving Trail Marker is on the left.
Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 9460.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
 
Location. 31° 42.066′ N, 103° 36.214′ W. Marker is near Mentone, Texas, in Loving County. Marker is on State Highway 302 0.4 miles west of Pecos Street (County Road 300), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mentone TX 79754, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goodnight-Loving Trail (here, next to this marker); Mentone (approx. half a mile away); Loving County (approx. half a mile away); Mentone Community Church (approx. half a mile away); Oliver Loving, C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away).
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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