Dragoon in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Dragoon Springs Stage Stop
Land of Legends
— Coronado National Forest —
The San Antonio and San Diego Mail Line began service across Arizona to the Pacific coast in July, 1857. Its route included a stop here near the Dragoon spring. The San Antonio Line was commonly known as the "Jackass Mail" because mules were used to pull the coaches, and passengers were packed on mule-back across the Colorado Desert.
The Overland Mail Bill was passed by Congress in 1857 to begin twice weekly mail service between St. Louis and San Francisco. Construction of this station, one of 200 along the 2700 mile route, began in August, 1858. It was marred by the massacre of September 8, 1858 when three of the Overland Company employees were killed by their workers.
The Dragoon Springs Station was a "swing" station used only for changing horses or mules. "Home" stations included a station master, cooks, and maintenance men. Mail service ended in March, 1861. The termination was brought about by the onset of the Civil War, increased Indian hostilities, and the faster Pony Express service which had begun in 1860. The route was moved north where it crossed Denver and Salt Lake City. During its two years of existence
This place continued to be a brief stopping point during and after the Civil War. The graves north of the Station are the result of a battle between Confederate Troops and Apaches in 1862.
The Stage Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1861.
Location. 31° 59.854′ N, 110° 1.352′ W. Marker is in Dragoon, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on North Old Ranch Road. To get here you take the Dragoon Road exit off of I-10. Following this road you will reach the town of Dragoon. Cross over the railroad tracks and the road curves to the left, but you will turn right off the paved road. Follow the dirt road for approximately 4.5 miles. You will see some Forest Service signs that will direct you to the site of the "Dragoon Springs/Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Station". From the parking area to the site is approximatlely .2 miles. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dragoon AZ 85609, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within Confederate Graves at Dragoon Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Canyon Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Four miles southeast at Council Rocks (approx. 5.3 miles away); Chief Cochise (approx. 6.1 miles away); Mormon Battalion (approx. 13.4 miles away); Old Pearce Post Office (approx. 13.4 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Arizona's Forgotten Dead. An accounting of the Engagement at Dragoon Springs, Arizona by the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phoenix, Arizona. (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.)
2. Dragoon Springs. Arizona Ghost Towns entry (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.)
3. The First Battle of Dragoon Springs. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,274 times since then and 213 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2014, by Gerald T. Ahnert of Syracuse, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona. 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 24, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.