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Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Butterfield Overland Stage

The Red River Journey

 
 
Butterfield Overland Stage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
1. Butterfield Overland Stage Marker
Inscription.  Beginning in 1858, the Butterfield Overland Stage connected St. Louis, Missouri to Los Angeles, California. The route entered Indian Territory at Fort Smith, and coaches carried passengers and mail across 192 miles following the Texas Road and crossing the Red River at Colbert's Ferry. Much of the route was maintained by local Choctaws, who charged fees for use of the road sections and bridges they maintained.

The stage service closed at the beginning of the Civil War, but the road remained a vital route between Arkansas and Texas.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsNative AmericansRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
 
Location. 35° 29.611′ N, 97° 29.86′ W. Marker is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in Oklahoma County. Marker can be reached from Nazih Zuhdi Drive west of North Laird Avenue. Marker is part of the Red River Journey pathway, which is on the grounds of the Oklahoma History Center.
Butterfield Overland Stage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, April 9, 2021
2. Butterfield Overland Stage Marker
Marker is where the red arrow points to. Oklahoma State Capitol is in the background.
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Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City OK 73104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray's Red River Bridge War (here, next to this marker); Bloomfield Academy (here, next to this marker); East and West Shawnee Trails (here, next to this marker); Texas Road (here, next to this marker); Bison Tracks (here, next to this marker); Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); Colbert's Ferry and Denison Dam (a few steps from this marker); Oklahoma Governor's Mansion (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oklahoma City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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