Gilroy in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Butterfield Overland Stage
On September 16, 1857, John Butterfield, a New Yorker, received a contract with the U.S. Post Office Department to establish reliable transportation between Missouri and San Francisco.
As a young man he joined with Henry Wells and William Fargo to establish the American Express Company. Later, Wells and Fargo set up their own operations in California, separate from American Express.
The California Route traversed from the south east part of the state through Los Angeles to the San Joaquin Valley. The Pacheo Pass Route brought the stages in to the coastal region joining El Camino Real in Gilroy and on to San Francisco. From September 14, 1858, Butterfield service was regular and reliable until January 1861, when the company livestock and equipment became the targets of southern sympathizers. March 6, 1861 was the last coach over the Butterfield Route.
Louis I. Bonieso, Jr.
Plaque placed April 27, 1985 by the
Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850
E Clampus Vitus
"Right Wrongs Nobody”
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Location. 37° 0.344′ N, 121° 34.084′ W. Marker is in Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Monterey Road and Hornlein Court, on the right when traveling north on Monterey Road. Marker is located between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gilroy CA 95020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old City Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Alcalde” (about 500 feet away); Gilroy Carnegie Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Gilroy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rancho San Ysidro / San Ysidro School (approx. 2½ miles away); Franklin Family Ranch (approx. 3.3 miles away); Rucker School Historical Site 1894 (approx. 3½ miles away); Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilroy.
Also see . . . Butterfield Overland Stage Routes. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,387 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. 3. submitted on May 29, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.