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Whitesboro in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Diamond Station

Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Stop

 
 
Diamond Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Diamond Station Marker
Inscription. The Diamond Station was a stop along the nearly 700 mile stretch across the Lone Star State for the Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Line Company. The Butterfield Overland Mail Company held the U.S. Mail contract for the first cross-country trek from St. Louis to San Francisco. marked as the first intercontinental mail route, the Butterfield Overland Mail Stagecoach made its first stop at the Diamond Station on September 21, 1858.

The complete route took 24 days and covered 2,812 miles, carrying mail and passengers. At this location Waterman Ormsby witnessed "the operation of harnessing a wild mule." He estimated it took 30 minutes per mule (four were used). The Diamond Station was kept by John R. Diamond from 1858 - 1861.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
 
Location. 33° 39.354′ N, 96° 55.676′ W. Marker is in Whitesboro, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is on West Main Street (Texas Route 56) 1.1 miles east of U.S. 82, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1057 West Main Street, Whitesboro TX 76273, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Diamond Horse Ranch
Diamond Station Marker among other markers. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Diamond Station Marker among other markers.
(here, next to this marker); Pioneer Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitesboro (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gainesville (approx. 6.3 miles away); The Cross Timbers (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Diamond Station. The Butterfield Overland Mail route used White's Westview Inn as the Diamond Station on its trail from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast from 1858 to 1861.

It was part of the 6th Division Route of the Butterfield Overland Mail route which ran from Fort Chadbourne, twelve miles to the north across Valley Creek to Station #1 then sixteen miles to Mountain Pass Station, then thirty miles, past the route of the Texas and Pacific Railway, a mile west of the site of present Tye, to Fort Phantom Hill, then twelve miles more to Smith's Station, twenty six miles to Clear Fork station, thirteen miles to Franz's Station and then twenty-two miles to Fort Belknap. From Fort Belknap the line turned eastward sixteen miles to Murphy's Station (near present Graham, Texas), then nineteen miles to Jacksboro, Texas, sixteen miles to Earhart's Station, twenty-four miles to Davidson's Station, then seventeen miles to Gainesville, Texas, fifteen miles to Diamond's station
View of Diamond Station Marker (far left) looking towards Whitesboro downtown. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. View of Diamond Station Marker (far left) looking towards Whitesboro downtown.
(one mile west of the site of present Whitesboro), fifteen miles to Sherman and across the Red River at Colbert's Ferry, eight miles below Preston, Texas to Indian Territory.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association article about the Butterfield Overland Mail. (Submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Diamond Station Marker and part of Diamond ranch. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
4. Diamond Station Marker and part of Diamond ranch.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016.
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