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Dragoon in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Dragoon Springs Stage Stop

Land of Legends

 

—Coronado National Forest —

 
Dragoon Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, February 4, 2011
1. Dragoon Springs Marker
Inscription.
The San Antonio and San Diego Mail Line began service across Arizona to the Pacific coast in July, 1857. Its route included a stop here near the Dragoon spring. The San Antonio Line was commonly known as the "Jackass Mail" because mules were used to pull the coaches, and passengers were packed on mule-back across the Colorado Desert.

The Overland Mail Bill was passed by Congress in 1857 to begin twice weekly mail service between St. Louis and San Francisco. Construction of this station, one of 200 along the 2700 mile route, began in August, 1858. It was marred by the massacre of September 8, 1858 when three of the Overland Company employees were killed by their workers.

The Dragoon Springs Station was a "swing" station used only for changing horses or mules. "Home" stations included a station master, cooks, and maintenance men. Mail service ended in March, 1861. The termination was brought about by the onset of the Civil War, increased Indian hostilities, and the faster Pony Express service which had begun in 1860. The route was moved north where it crossed Denver and Salt Lake City. During its two years of existence the Overland Mail Company had a great economic impact. It employed a large number of people and drew new settlers to Arizona.

This place continued to be a brief stopping point during and
Close up of text on marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, February 4, 2011
2. Close up of text on marker
after the Civil War. The graves north of the Station are the result of a battle between Confederate Troops and Apaches in 1862.

The Stage Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
 
Location. 31° 59.854′ N, 110° 1.352′ W. Marker is in Dragoon, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on North Old Ranch Road. Touch for map. To get here you take the Dragoon Road exit off of I-10. Following this road you will reach the town of Dragoon. Cross over the railroad tracks and the road curves to the left, but you will turn right off the paved road. Follow the dirt road for approximately 4.5 miles. You will see some Forest Service signs that will direct you to the site of the "Dragoon Springs/Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Station". From the parking area to the site is approximatlely .2 miles. Marker is in this post office area: Dragoon AZ 85609, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Graves at Dragoon Springs (within shouting distance of this marker); Council Rocks (approx. 5.3 miles away); Chief Cochise (approx.
Close up of site map on marker image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, February 4, 2011
3. Close up of site map on marker
6.1 miles away); Mormon Battalion (approx. 13.4 miles away); Old Pearce Post Office (approx. 13.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Arizona's Forgotten Dead. An accounting of the Engagement at Dragoon Springs, Arizona by the Colonel Sherod Hunter Camp 1525, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Phoenix, Arizona. (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.) 

2. Dragoon Springs entry in the Arizona Ghost Town Trails. (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.)
3. Wikipedia entry for the First Battle of Dragoon Springs. (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Stage Stop with marker in fore front image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, February 4, 2011
4. Stage Stop with marker in fore front
Remaining rock foundation for stage stop image. Click for full size.
By James Nuti, February 4, 2011
5. Remaining rock foundation for stage stop
Dragoon Springs Stage Stop Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2012
6. Dragoon Springs Stage Stop Ruins
Sign at turn off from N. Old Ranch Road. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2012
7. Sign at turn off from N. Old Ranch Road.
The Dragoon Springs Stage Station is 1.1 miles east of this sign on Forest Road 4232.
Sign at trailhead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 22, 2012
8. Sign at trailhead
Sign at trailhead Dragoon Springs Station

Established in 1858 in the heart of Apache Country. Westernmost stone fortified station on Butterfield Overland mail route. Stage Stop used until 1862. Next stop east was Ewells in Dragoon Mtns. Next stop west was San Pedro River. The trail heads northeast for 200 yards to the stage station and grave site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,500 times since then and 85 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2014, by Gerald T. Ahnert of Syracuse, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 16, 2011, by James Nuti of Bisbee, Arizona.   6, 7, 8. submitted on July 24, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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