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Near Wingate in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Valley Creek Station

(Site located 2 mi. northwest)

 
 
Valley Creek Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 4, 2014
1. Valley Creek Station Marker
Inscription. Near this site, an important link in the frontier transportation system was an area landmark. The Butterfield Overland Mail maintained a stage stop at the falls and crossing of Valley Creek beginning in 1858. The twice-weekly mail and passenger line stretched from San Francisco to St. Louis, crossing the southwest corner of Taylor County and passing six miles west of present Abilene. The path through Texas, known as the Oxbow Route, added about 600 miles to the 2,800 mile trip. The line moved out of Texas in March 1861, leaving this area sparsely settled. Ranchers later settled near Spring, Cottonwood and Valley creeks, and established the nearby community of Shep in the 1880s.
 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5629.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 8.37′ N, 100° 6.475′ W. Marker is near Wingate, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1086 0.1 miles west of U.S. 277, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wingate TX 79566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Community of Pumphrey
Valley Creek Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 4, 2014
2. Valley Creek Station Marker
(approx. 8 miles away); Drasco Community (approx. 8.3 miles away); Fort Chadbourne (approx. 10.4 miles away); In Vicinity of Coronado's Camp (approx. 10.6 miles away); Site of Old Communities of Mazeland and Wilmeth (approx. 11.2 miles away); Route of the Southern Overland Mail Line (approx. 11.6 miles away); Poe Chapel (approx. 12.7 miles away); Near Site of Indian Battle (approx. 13 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wingate.
 
More about this marker. The present marker replaced a marker installed in 1968 that was located two miles northwest of the present marker. The original marker (Number 14326) was located on County Road 209 just east of Valley Creek and had the following inscription:

Site of Valley Creek Station

Maintained at falls and crossing of Valley Creek, 1858 to 1861, as a stage stop for the Butterfield Overland Mail. The twice-weekly mail and passenger line stretched from San Francisco to St. Louis, crossing northwest corner of Taylor County and passing six miles west of present Abilene.
View to Southeast Along FM 1086 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 4, 2014
3. View to Southeast Along FM 1086

 
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 15, 2014.)
2. Butterfield Overland Mail. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 15, 2014.) 
 
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View to Northwest Along FM 1086 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 4, 2014
4. View to Northwest Along FM 1086
View to Northwest towards Valley Creek Station Site image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 4, 2014
5. View to Northwest towards Valley Creek Station Site
Photo taken near marker location
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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