The First Running of the Stage

The Butterfield Overland Mail Co. carried its first U.S. mail westward beginning September 16, 1858, with the company president, John W. Butterfield Sr., taking custody of two mailbags at St. Louis and boarding a Pacific Railroad train for Tipton, Missouri. Accompanying Butterfield was Waterman L. Ormsby, a writer for the New York Herald and the … More The First Running of the Stage

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