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 … More Forts on and near the Route

Establishing the Route

With contract in hand, John W. Butterfield Sr. began establishing stations, acquiring stock, purchasing coaches, and building roads and bridges where needed. The logistics were daunting. More than 160 stations needed to be outfitted, many of them requiring construction from scratch. Stage drivers, conductors, station masters and superintendents of each division had to be hired. … More Establishing the Route

Maps of the Route

The full map above shows stations and a few other points of interest. Use the icon on the upper left to open the list of stations by state. The following are quick links to Google maps for each state from east to west showing the route of the Butterfield Overland Mail in more detail: Missouri … More Maps of the Route