El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Butterﬁeld Overland Mail
The route had a number of stops, including a large, well-equipped one in Franklin (present El Paso). The route through West Texas, later known as the Upper Road, followed a path from Hueco Tanks into Franklin. Route changes led to the development of the Lower Road, which cut south and followed the Rio Grande through San Elizario and Ysleta. The Lower Road provided a more reliable source of water and better protection from Native American attacks than the Upper Road. Both paths converged at the Concordia settlement, where Concordia Cemetery is now located. The Butterfield Trail continued to Franklin and followed the river north to Cottonwoods (now Anthony, TX), then veered west. The route boosted commerce in El Paso and helped increase the town’s population. It also strengthened the city’s link to the U.S.
Stage service along the Butterfield Overland Mail terminated in 1861, although
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15036.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
Location. 31° 49.395′ N, 106° 20.284′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from Cottonwoods Drive 0.8 miles north of Global Reach Drive. Touch for map. The marker stands at the front door of the Butterfield Trail Golf Clubhouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1858 Cottonwoods Drive, El Paso TX 79906, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Bliss at Lanoria Mesa (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Post Hospitals (approx. 4˝ miles away); An Almost Forgotten History (approx. 4.8 miles away); Buffalo Soldier Memorial of El Paso Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Mexican War Refugee Camp (approx. 5.3 miles away); Building 1372 (approx. 5.4 miles away); Building 1355 (approx. 5˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). (Submitted on August 29, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. History of Butterfield Trail | Butterfield History | Overland | El Paso TX. The History of Butterfield Trail dates back to 1858 when the Butterfield Overland Mail Company operated for three years carrying mail and passengers across country from Missouri to San Francisco. More than 700 miles of the almost 2,800 mile mail route ran across the state of Texas. (Submitted on August 29, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 28, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.