Near Oakes in Dickey County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Stagecoach Relay Station
1/5 mile to the south is the site of the Stagecoach Relay Station. Benjamine and Mellinger operated the stage line, beginning in 1880, between Columbia, SD and Jamestown, ND. Service took two days each way and passengers could be fed and lodged at the station.
A lantern on a high pole shone at night to guide the stage in across the prairie, to where it would ford Bear Creek. Fresh horses would be put on from the 16 stall stable in the dug-out of the hill. The coming of the railroad, in 1882, made the stagecoach obsolete. The relay station remained on that site until 1977 when it was destroyed by fire.
Erected 1986 by Dickey County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 46° 10.937′ N, 98° 5.768′ W. Marker is near Oakes, North Dakota, in Dickey County. Marker can be reached from 85th Street Southeast, 0.3 miles west of 110th Ave SE, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakes ND 58474, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 1891 Church - Oakes Historical Park (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hudson Townsite (approx. 6.2 miles away); Steamboats on the River (approx. 15.4 miles away); Honorable Milton R. Young (approx. 15.4 miles away); Symbol of Freedom (approx. 15.4 miles away); LaMoure County Courthouse (approx. 15½ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.