Near Mentone in Loving County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Route of Old Butterﬁeld Stagecoach Road
Stages traveled rapidly, despite lack of real roads. A signal given approaching a station would assure food on table for travelers, and fresh horses ready.
Stations were 12 to 113 miles apart. Route changes were often made to obtain water. The passengers and crew wore guns. Indians liked horses, so to reduce the danger of Indian attacks, mules were used west of Ft. Belknap. Trip one way took 25 days - 7 consumed in crossing Texas, from near Preston (now under Lake Texoma) to Jacksboro, Ft. Belknap, Ft. Chadbourne, and El Paso. One-way fare for the 2,700 miles was $200.
This marks a 113-mile span, from Emigrants' Crossing (82 mi. S) to Pope's Crossing (31 mi. N), that on inaugural trip, Sept. 16-Oct. 12, 1858, had no team-change. Route ran parallel to Pecos River. By November there were 3 change stations in this area, one being Skillman's Stop (6 mi. N). Route was shortened in 1860, going by Forts Stockson, Davis and Quitman, west of the Pecos.
Erected 1968 by State
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
Location. 31° 42.066′ N, 103° 36.214′ W. Marker is near Mentone, Texas, in Loving County. Marker is on State Highway 302 0.4 miles west of Pecos Street (County Road 300), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mentone TX 79754, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goodnight-Loving Trail (here, next to this marker); Mentone (approx. half a mile away); Loving County (approx. half a mile away); Mentone Community Church (approx. half a mile away); Oliver Loving, C.S.A. (approx. half a mile away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.