Butterﬁeld Mail and Stage Line
Company operated from September 1858 to February 1861 with a 25-day schedule for the 2,795 mile trip (8 to 9 days were allowed for crossing Texas). Route began in Tipton, Mo., and Memphis,TN., uniting at Fort Smith, AR., entering Texas near Sherman, thence westward through the Comanche-held frontier, leaving the state at El Paso.
Stage stations were located about every 20 miles and the best known in this vicinity were Fort Belknap, Fort Phantom Hill, Mountain Pass and Fort Chadbourne. Between Fort Belknap and Tucson, AZ.,
mules were used to pull the coaches as they were less appealing to Indians. Each coach accommodated four to ten passengers at an average fare of $200 each; mail and freight charges were ten cents per one-half ounce.
Butterfield Trail U.S. Mail Route St. Louis to Los Angeles
Erected 1929 by John Davis Chapter. D.A.R., Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
Location. 32° 27.555′ N, 99° 52.875′ W. Marker is in Tye, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on FM 20 W (Interstate 20) half a mile west of FM-707, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tye TX 79563, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Butterfield Trail (here, next to this marker); Air Force Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 4.2 miles away); 7th Bombardment Wing, Heavy (approx. 4.2 miles away); Lt. Col. William E. Dyess (approx. 4.3 miles away); 12th Armored Division at Camp Barkeley (approx. 4½ miles away); 12th Armored Division Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); Dyess Elementary School (approx. 4.9 miles away); Site of Western Cattle Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away).
More about this marker. The D.A.R. marker and Texas Historical Committee marker are adjacent. Since HMdb allows only one four digit date, the earliest marker date at this
Also see . . . Butterfield Stage. A historical web page on the Butterfield Stage and history of that business partnership. (Submitted on April 9, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
Additional keywords. Stagecoach, Wells Fargo, Stage, Merkel
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,084 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 9, 2011, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.