Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Butterﬁeld Overland Stage
Site of Gen. Nicholas Smith's tavern on Boonville Road, earliest outlet of Springfield, also station of Butterfield Stage Route carrying first overland mail from St. Louis to Pacific Coast. Government subsidy $600,000 yearly. First mail left St. Louis Sept. 16, 1858, by rail, arriving Tipton afternoon of same day, then by stage, reaching Springfield 3:15 p.m., Sept. 17, and San Francisco 7:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Time 23 days, 23 hours from St. Louis, 2765 miles. Longest mail stage route ever attempted. Bi-weekly service Mondays and Thursdays from St. Louis. 141 (later 167) stations en route. First eastbound stage left San Francisco early Sept. 15, arriving Springfield 3:00 p.m., Oct. 8, where hundreds welcomed its arrival as great event. Banquet; speeches; fireworks. Time eastward trip, 24 days, 18 hours to St. Louis.
Erected Nov. 1932.
Erected 1932 by University Club. (Marker Number 18.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
Location. 37° 12.578′ N, 93° 17.529′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Central North and Olive Street, on the left when traveling south on Park Central Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Park Central North, Springfield MO 65806, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Store in Greene County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gillioz Theater (about 600 feet away); The Landers Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Post Office in Springfield (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Springfield (approx. ¼ mile away); Shrine Mosque (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wilshire Apartments (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Stage. (Submitted on June 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Springfield-Greene County Local History. (Submitted on June 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 3, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.