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Tipton in Moniteau County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Tipton

Butterfield Overland Mail Terminus

 
 
Tipton Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2012
1. Tipton Marker (Front)
Inscription.

[Front]
Historic town in the annals of western transportation, Tipton, in 1858-59, was the eastern stagecoach terminus of the famous Butterfield Overland Mail. N.Y. expressman John Butterfield (1801-69), under contract to carry mail and passengers between St. Louis and San Francisco over the Southern Route on a twice-a-week, 25-day schedule, used Tipton as stage terminus because the Pacific R. R. (Mo. Pac.), completed to this point, could be used for the first 160 miles.

The first westbound mail and passengers carried by Butterfield stage left Tipton, Sept. 16, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco 24 days later after traveling some 2,700 miles across rivers, deserts, mountains, and through hostile Indian territory. At one time Butterfield had 1,500 horses and mules, 100 coaches, relay stations about 20 miles apart, and, at the peak, 2,000 employees.

Tipton was replaced as terminus when the railroad reached nearby Syracuse in the summer of 1859. In 1861, because of the Civil War, traffic was transferred from the Southern to the Central Route.
(See other side)

[Back]
(Continued from other side)
Butterfield coaches traveled south from Tipton to Arkansas
making stops at the following relay stations in Missouri:

Relay Station Nearest Town Today County

Shackelford's
Tipton Marker (Back) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2012
2. Tipton Marker (Back)
Syracuse Morgan
Munhollen's Florence Morgan
Burn's Cole Camp Benton
Warsaw Warsaw Benton
Bailey's Fairfield Benton
Quincy Quincy Hickory
Yoast's Elkton Hickory
Bolivar Bolivar Polk
J. H. Smith's N. of Brighton Polk
Molloy's S. of Brighton Polk
Evans' N. of Springfield Greene
Springfield Springfield Greene
Ashmore's N. W. corner of Christian
J. I. Smith's N. E. corner of Barry
Crouch's Cassville Barry
Cassville (not a relay station but a stop)
Harbin's Seligman Barry

Tipton was laid out by William Tipton Seeley, 1858, shortly before it became the Butterfield Overland Mail terminus. Near Tipton is the State Training School for Negro Girls, opened, 1916.
 
Erected 1955 by State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the Missouri, State Historical Society of marker series.
 
Location. 38° 39.182′ N, 92° 47.185′ W. Marker is in Tipton, Missouri, in Moniteau County. Marker is on U.S. 50 west of Walnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at a roadside turnout. Marker is at or near this postal
Tipton Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 22, 2012
3. Tipton Marker
Looking east
address: 331 U.S. Highway 50, Tipton MO 65081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Tipton Seely (approx. half a mile away); Site of First St. Andrew Catholic Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Butterfield Overland Mail in Missouri - 1858-1861 (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail through Tipton MO. (Submitted on January 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Butterfield Overland Mail. (Submitted on January 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Photo of Industrial School for Negro Girls, Tipton MO (1909-1944). (Submitted on January 9, 2013, 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 January 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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