“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Butterfield Overland Mail

Butterfield Overland Mail Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 20, 2013
1. Butterfield Overland Mail Marker
Inscription. The Butterfield Overland Mail was a mail and passenger stagecoach service that linked the Western and Eastern states. John Butterfield, president of the Overland Mail Company, won a federal government contact in 1857 to take and deliver mail twice weekly in both directions between St. Louis, Missouri and San Francisco, California. The service ran from September 1858 until March 1861, when events leading to the Civil War ended its operations.

The route had a number of stops, including a large, well-equipped one in Franklin (present El Paso). The route through West Texas, later known as the Upper Road, followed a path from Hueco Tanks into Franklin. Route changes led to the development of the Lower Road, which cut south and followed the Rio Grande through San Elizario and Ysleta. The Lower Road provided a more reliable source of water and better protection from Native American attacks than the Upper Road. Both paths converged at the Concordia settlement, where Concordia Cemetery is now located. The Butterfield Trail continued to Franklin and followed the river north to Cottonwoods (now Anthony, TX), then veered west. The route boosted commerce in El Paso and helped increase the town’s population. It also strengthened the city’s link to the U.S.

Stage service along the Butterfield Overland Mail terminated in 1861, although
Wide view of the Butterfield Overland Mail Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 20, 2013
2. Wide view of the Butterfield Overland Mail Marker
a Confederate mail service used the trail until 1862. The path later became the base for other routes, including roads and highways. Today, traces of the Upper Road remain visible on Fort Bliss and El Paso International Airport property. The trail’s legacy continues to live through the commerce and people which it brought to El Paso, and its bonding of the town to the rest of the United States.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15036.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
Location. 31° 49.395′ N, 106° 20.284′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from Cottonwoods Drive 0.8 miles north of Global Reach Drive. Click for map. The marker stands at the front door of the Butterfield Trail Golf Clubhouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1858 Cottonwoods Drive, El Paso TX 79906, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Bliss at Lanoria Mesa (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Post Hospitals (approx. 4.5 miles away); An Almost Forgotten History (approx. 4.8 miles away); Buffalo Soldier Memorial of El Paso
Butterfield Overland Trail image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 20, 2013
3. Butterfield Overland Trail
The Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach service rolled through this stretch of desert northeast of modern El Paso. Today it is used by Fort Bliss and the El Paso International Airport.
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Mexican War Refugee Camp (approx. 5.3 miles away); Building 1372 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Building 1355 (approx. 5.5 miles away); Fort Bliss, C.S.A. (approx. 5.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in El Paso.
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). (Submitted on August 29, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. History of Butterfield Trail | Butterfield History | Overland | El Paso TX. The History of Butterfield Trail dates back to 1858 when the Butterfield Overland Mail Company operated for three years carrying mail and passengers across country from Missouri to San Francisco. More than 700 miles of the almost 2,800 mile mail route ran across the state of Texas. (Submitted on August 29, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
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