Near Merkel in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Mountain Pass Station
(Site located 200 yards east)
Maintained from 1858 to outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 as a stage stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route, which was the first mail and passenger line to link the east and west coasts of the United States. In 1870's this was a stop for branch of El Paso & San Antonio mail line.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3503.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the San Antonio-El Paso Road series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 32° 19.266′ N, 100° 3.245′ W. Marker is near Merkel, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on County Road 351, 0.2 miles south of County Road 350, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Merkel TX 79536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Near Site of Indian Battle (here, next to this marker); Mulberry Canyon (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cornelia Clark Fort In Vicinity of Coronado's Camp (approx. 6.2 miles away); Castle Peak (approx. 7.1 miles away); Vicinity of Indian Fight (approx. 7.1 miles away); Drummond Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away); Camp Barkeley (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merkel.
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 7, 2014.)
2. Butterfield Overland Mail. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 7, 2014.)
3. San Antonio - El Paso Mail. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 7, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 7, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.