Forts on and near the Route

Military installations along the route of the Overland Mail Company, from east to west, during the period in which the route was being run:

  • Fort Smith, Arkansas – 1817-1871
  • Fort Washita, near Colbert’s Ferry, Indian Territory – 1843-1858
  • Fort Belknap, Texas – 1851-1859
  • Camp Cooper, Texas, near Fort Griffin – 1856-1861
  • Fort Phantom Hill, Texas – 1851-1854
  • Fort Chadbourne, Texas – 1852-1867
  • Fort McKavett, Texas, below head of Concho – 1852-1867
  • Fort Lancaster, Texas – 1855-1861
  • Fort Stockton, Texas – 1859-1861
  • Fort Davis, Texas – 1854-1861
  • Fort Quitman, Texas – 1858-1861
  • Fort Bliss, Texas – 1849-present
  • Fort Filmore, New Mexico – 1851-1862
  • Fort Thorn, New Mexico – 1853-1859
  • Fort MacLane, New Mexico, near Mimbres River – 1860-1865
  • Fort Buchanan, Arizona – 1856-1861
  • Fort Yuma, California – 1850-1883
  • Fort Gaston, California, 30 miles north of Fort Yuma – 1859-1864
  • Fort Tejon, California – 1854-1864
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