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Weskan in Wallace County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Butterfield Stage Line

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
1. Butterfield Stage Line Marker
Inscription. When the Kansas Territory was created in 1854, it stretched all the way to the Rocky Mountains. The current state boundary, a few miles west of here, took effect in 1861 when Kansas was admitted into the Union and the Colorado Territory was established. Thousands of Colorado-bound pioneers passed through here along the Smoky Hill Trail by wagon and on the Butterfield Overland Despatch. Beginning in 1865 this famous stage line carried passengers, freight, and mail from the eastern point of the railroad to Denver. The Omaha Herald cautioned stagecoach passengers to “expect annoyance, discomfort, and some hardships,” although humorist and author Mark Twain found travel to be an adventure.

“Our coach was a great swinging and swaying stage, of the most sumptuous description--an imposing cradle on wheels. It was drawn by six handsome horses.”—Mark Twain, 1861

In 1865, Fort Wallace was established as a U.S. Cavalry outpost, about 25 miles east of here. The stage line operated until the railroad was completed in 1870.
 
Erected by The State of Kansas. (Marker Number 45.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 38° 52.099′ 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
2. Butterfield Stage Line Marker
N, 101° 58.174′ W. Marker is in Weskan, Kansas, in Wallace County. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weskan KS 67762, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. Note: This sign was replaced in 2012.
 
Also see . . .  Smoky Hills Trail History. Kansas Historical Trails' page for the Smoky Hills Trail. On the Butterfield Overland Dispatch: (Submitted on October 12, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Butterfield Stage Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 22, 2014
3. Butterfield Stage Line Marker
 
 
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