Grape Creek in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Butterﬁeld Stage Station at Grape Creek
Waterman Ormsby, a report for the New York Herald, was the lone passenger on the inaugural run along the Butterfield Trail from St. Louis to San Francisco in the fall of 1858. Heading southwest from Fort Chadbourne (Coke Co.), Ormsby wrote of arriving at a station on Grape Creek, “A fine stream, and also near some fine timber - two desirable things not to be found everywhere in Texas.” Henry Roylan was in charge of a small contingent living in tents within the corral that was built of upright rough timber staked in the ground. The Butterfield Company later completed a more permanent facility, with a building and a palisade fence. Joel Pennington ran a store in conjunction with the station.
Mount Nebo School, forerunner of Grape Creek schools, opened near the station by 1861. The stagecoach stop was the beginning of one of Tom Green County’s oldest settlements.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15503.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail marker series.
Location. 31° 34.115′ N, 100° 32.839′ W. Marker is in Grape Creek, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on Grape Creek Road 0.1 miles south of Tomahawk Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Angelo TX 76901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sheep and Goat Industry (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Butterfield or California Trail (approx. 2.6 miles away); Anti-Tuberculosis Colony No. 1 (approx. 6.8 miles away); The Old Chicken Farm Art Center (approx. 8 miles away); Congregation Beth Israel (approx. 9˝ miles away); City Hall (approx. 9.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 9.6 miles away); Emmanuel Episcopal Church (approx. 9.7 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Butterfield Overland Mail - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 18, 2016.)
2. Butterfield Overland Mail. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on July 18, 2016.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 314 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.