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Decatur in Wise County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Butterfield Overland Stage Line

 
 
Butterfield Overland Stage Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
1. Butterfield Overland Stage Line Marker
Inscription. Through Decatur passed the Butterfield Overland Mail Line connecting St. Louis and San Francisco with semi-weekly stage and mail service, 1858-1861. The length of the route, 2,795 miles and the superior service maintained made this a pioneer enterprise of the first magnitude.
 
Erected 1936 by The State of Texas. (Marker Number 13755.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 33° 14.401′ N, 97° 35.816′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Texas, in Wise County. Marker is on Business U.S. 287 north of West Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 804 North Business 287, Decatur TX 76234, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First National Bank of Decatur (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colonel Absalom Bishop (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wise County C.S.A. (approx. 0.7 miles away); Captain George W. Stevens (approx. 0.7 miles away); Charles Vernon Terrell (approx. 0.7 miles away); Randolph Vesey
Butterfield Overland Stage Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
2. Butterfield Overland Stage Line Marker
1936 Centennial Marker - Medallion missing for a number of years.
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Wise County War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wise County Messenger (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
More about this marker. This is one of the pink granite, 1936 Centennial Highway markers.
 
Regarding Butterfield Overland Stage Line. In 1861, the advent of the Civil War forced Wells Fargo to end Butterfield service across the southern route. In March 1861, as southern states began seceding, Congress called for the overland mail operations to be moved to north.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Butterfield Overland Mail. (Submitted on July 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Marker looking south on Business 287 with Mulberry Street on left. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
3. Marker looking south on Business 287 with Mulberry Street on left.
View from marker north on Business US-287 with US Highway 380 in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 29, 2017
4. View from marker north on Business US-287 with US Highway 380 in background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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