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Gilroy in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Butterfield Overland Stage

 
 
Butterfield Overland Stage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2009
1. Butterfield Overland Stage Marker
Inscription. On September 16, 1857, John Butterfield, a New Yorker, received a contract with the U.S. Post Office Department to establish reliable transportation between Missouri and San Francisco.

As a young man he joined with Henry Wells and William Fargo to establish the American Express Company. Later, Wells and Fargo set up their own operations in California, separate from American Express.

The California Route traversed from the south east part of the state through Los Angeles to the San Joaquin Valley. The Pacheo Pass Route brought the stages in to the coastal region joining El Camino Real in Gilroy and on to San Francisco. From September 14, 1858, Butterfield service was regular and reliable until January 1861, when the company livestock and equipment became the targets of southern sympathizers. March 6, 1861 was the last coach over the Butterfield Route.


Dedicated in Honor of one of our most renowned working X-Humbugs,
Louis I. Bonieso, Jr.
Plaque placed April 27, 1985 by the
Mountain Charlie Chapter No. 1850
E Clampus Vitus
"Right Wrongs Nobody”

 
Erected 1985 by Mountain Charlie Chapter No.1850, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the
Butterfield Overland Stage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 25, 2009
2. Butterfield Overland Stage Marker
E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 0.344′ N, 121° 34.084′ W. Marker is in Gilroy, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is at the intersection of Monterey Road and Hornlein Court, on the right when traveling north on Monterey Road. Touch for map. Marker is located between Sixth and Seventh Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Gilroy CA 95020, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old City Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Alcalde” (about 500 feet away); Gilroy (about 600 feet away); Gilroy Carnegie Library (approx. mile away); Rancho San Ysidro / San Ysidro School (approx. 2.5 miles away); Franklin Family Ranch (approx. 3.3 miles away); Rucker School Historical Site 1894 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gilroy.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Butterfield Overland Stage Route. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Wikipedia Article of the Butterfield Overland Stage Routes. (Submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,153 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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