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Butterfield's Overland Dispatch

 
 
Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, October 2016
1. Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Marker
Front of Marker
Inscription. Text on the Front of the marker:

(picture of Concord Coach)
Butterfield's
Overland Dispatch
1865

Text on Reverse of marker:

Butterfield's
Overland Dispatch

Established 1865
by
David A. Butterfield

The B.O.D. followed the Smoky Hill Trail,
the shortest and most dangerous trail
from the Missouri River to the
Rocky Mountain gold fields.

Butterfield's first supply wagons left
Atchison in June 1865 and his first
stagecoach to Denver departed
Atchison in September 1865.

B.O.D. Headquarters was 100 yards
south of this site on the river.

 
Erected 2015 by Smoky Hill Trail Associates.
 
Location. 39° 33.703′ N, 95° 6.863′ W. Marker is in Atchison, Kansas, in Atchison County. Marker is on Commerce Street 0.1 miles west of 2nd St, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in the Northwest corner of Veterans' Memorial Park, which is along the Missouri River in Atchison. It is approximately 150 feet west of the Lewis and Clark Pavilion. Marker is in this post office area: Atchison KS 66002, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, October 2016
2. Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Marker
Reverse of Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Arizona Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); "walked on Shore above this Creek" (within shouting distance of this marker); Atchison Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lewis and Clark Expedition (within shouting distance of this marker); "the water...contains a half...Glass of ooze" (within shouting distance of this marker); Homeland of the Kanza Indians (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Discovers a High Mound (within shouting distance of this marker); Under a large Cottonwood... (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atchison.
 
More about this marker. The marker is a highly polished black granite stone. The outer edge of the marker remains quarry faced.
 
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe Research. Information on the Butterfield Dispatch and Location of Stations. (Submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry on Butterfield Dispatch. Further information on the History of the Stageline. (Submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

3. City of Atchison. Official City of Atchison website (Submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

4. Riverfront Park.
Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Onions, October 2016
3. Butterfield's Overland Dispatch Marker
Area photo of Marker
Information from the City of Atchison regarding Riverfront Park and Veterans Memorial Park. (Submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

5. Smoky Hill Trail Association. Further information on the group placing the marker (Submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 

6. Kansas Historical Society. Further information on the Smoky Hill Trail, David Butterfield, and the Overland Dispatch (Submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 3, 2016, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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