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Chapman in Dickinson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Butterfield Trail

 
 
The Butterfield Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2015
1. The Butterfield Trail Marker
Inscription.

The Butterfield Overland Dispatch was organized by Col. David Butterfield in early 1865 to carry freight and passengers from Atchison, Kansas to Denver, Colorado (via the 592 mile long Smoky Hill route). Relay stations were built every twelve miles for the passengers' comfort. Chapman Creek was one of those stations. The coming of the railroad marked the end of the stagecoach era in America's history.

As you look due west from this marker two wagon ruts carved into the landscape by passing coaches and wagons can still be seen to this day.
 
Erected 2009 by Chapman Charmers EHU 1983 and Chapman Area Preservation 2009.
 
Location. 38° 58.282′ N, 97° 2.04′ W. Marker is in Chapman, Kansas, in Dickinson County. Touch for map. The marker and ruts are along the western boundary of Indian Hill Cemetery, at the end of West 5th Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 West 5th Street, Chapman KS 67431, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The World Wide Movement of Hi-Y (approx. half a mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); St. Patrick's Mission Church (approx. 1.6

The Butterfield Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2015
2. The Butterfield Trail Marker
miles away); Kansas' First Kindergarten (approx. 6.4 miles away); Jacob B. Ehrsam (approx. 6.4 miles away); Carry A. Nation (approx. 6.5 miles away); Historical Kansas (was approx. 8.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Buckeye Street Neighborhood (approx. 10.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chapman.
 
Also see . . .
1. Smoky Hill Trail History. (Submitted on November 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch. (Submitted on November 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Butterfield Trail Museum and Historical Association. (Submitted on November 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Butterfield Trail Ruts image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2015
3. The Butterfield Trail Ruts
Ruts can be seen at the center of photo, leading into distance, passing to right of telephone pole
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 9, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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