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Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Butterfield Overland Stage Line

 
 
Butterfield Overland Stage Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Butterfield Overland Stage Line Marker
Inscription. Gainesville was a station on the Southern Overland Mail Line (Butterfield Route), which provided semi-weekly mail and stage service between St. Louis and San Francisco, 1858-1861. The line was 2795 miles long – one of the longest stage transportation routes ever established.
 
Erected 1936 by the State of Texas. (Marker Number 590.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 33° 38.271′ N, 97° 7.992′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is at the intersection of North Grand Avenue (Farm to Market Road 372) and Frontage U.S. 82 Frontage Road, on the right when traveling north on North Grand Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1205 North Grand Avenue, Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Fe Passenger Depot (approx. one mile away); The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862 (approx. one mile away); Gainesville-Fort Sill Road (approx. one mile away); Barbed Wire in Cooke County (approx.
Butterfield Overland Stage Line 1936 Centennial Pink Granite Monument. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Butterfield Overland Stage Line 1936 Centennial Pink Granite Monument.
1.2 miles away); The Old California Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cooke County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 1.4 miles away); American Paint Horse Association (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
Regarding Butterfield Overland Stage Line. Gainesville is part of the 6th Division route that ran from Fort Chadbourne, twelve miles to the north across Valley Creek to Station #1 then sixteen miles to Mountain Pass Station, then thirty miles, past the route of the Texas and Pacific Railway, a mile west of the site of present Tye, to Fort Phantom Hill, then twelve miles more to Smith's Station, twenty six miles to Clear Fork station, thirteen miles to Franz's Station and then twenty-two miles to Fort Belknap. From Fort Belknap the line turned eastward sixteen miles to Murphy's Station (near present Graham, Texas), then nineteen miles to Jacksboro, Texas, sixteen miles to Earhart's Station, twenty-four miles to Davidson's Station, then seventeen miles to Gainesville, Texas, fifteen miles to Diamond's station (one mile west of the site of present Whitesboro),
Butterfield Overland Stage Line Monument at intersection. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. Butterfield Overland Stage Line Monument at intersection.
fifteen miles to Sherman and across the Red River at Colbert's Ferry, eight miles below Preston, Texas to Indian Territory.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  The Butterfield (or Southern) Overland Mail article. From the Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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