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HE arrival of the first overland mail at either end of the new route was an important event, and, quite naturally, it was believed to be an occasion worthy of celebration with considerable pomp and ceremony. At St. Joseph tbere was public speaking, enlivening music by brass bands, and general rejoicing by the masses.
   Before the final change, making Atchison the headquarters and starting-point for the mail, the road from thence westward intersected the road from St. Joseph at Kennekuk. The distance from Atchison due west to Kennekuk, along the "Parallel" road, on which the stages ran, was twenty-four miles, while it was about thirty-five miles by the route laid out from Kennekuk to St. Joseph via Lewis, Troy, and Wathena. Thus there was a saving of about nine miles' travel in favor of Atchison. That distance saved and the time thereby gained was an important point in its favor, and the facts were so plain that they could not be ignored by the post-office department, and were important points to be considered by the Government in the transportation of the enormous letter mail overland.
   In due time an order came from the post-office department making Atchison the future starting-point for the overland mail. As might naturally be expected from such an important change, St. Joseph--at that early date having a population two or three times as large as Atchison--made a strong resistance and entered a vigorous protest. All the protesting, however, failed to improve the situation for the Missouri city. The change having been ordered, in due time all matters connected with the important mail route settled down peacefully at Atchison. Of course, the result was of great benefit to Atchison, and, in consequence, renewed life and activity were at once infused into the infant city. Being the starting-point for the daily four- and six-horse Concord overland stage-coaches, with the additional advantage of railway, steamboat and telegraph connections, gave the place

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The company poured about one million dollars into establishing the route. In September 1858 there were 139 stations established. Many had to be built, but some existing establishments were used. When the Overland Mail Company was transferred to the Central Trail on March 2, 1861, 175 Butterfield stations strung-out along the Southern Overland Trail. About 1,500 employees were needed and he furnished the trail with thirty-four Concord stagecoaches and sixty-six stage (celerity) wagons that he designed. These stages were distributed to stations about every thirty miles along the trail. The Concords would be used on the trail through the semi-settled areas from Tipton, Missouri, to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and from Los Angeles, to San Francisco, California. The stage wagons would be used on the 1,920 miles of trail through the wild frontier. Butterfield never used his name on any of the stages, only “Overland Mail Company.” None of his stages exist today. Thousands of mules and horses would be needed and many used to pull the stage wagons were local wild mules and mustang horses.

Thanks Neal. Let me make sure I understand though. Is the Ceinaga (SP) station separate from the Cienaga Station that I have shown between Tucson and Dragoon Springs? If so, do you have a location for it. Or do I have the right station, just not the correct location on it? For the San Pedro River Station, I didn’t have enough information to feel secure trying to put a marker on the map. I’ll do a little googling and see if I can track down a location for it. And if you have a location, I’ll be glad to add it. And, last, the trail I have drawn currently follows the Apache Pass Road. Should it be following further south and down the draw to the southeast?

From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo rushed customers’ important business by any means — steamship, railroad, and, where the railroads ended, by stagecoach. At first, Wells Fargo contracted with independent stageline owners. Then in the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world. Since then, Wells Fargo has been forever linked with the six-horse Concord Coach charging across the vast plains and high mountains of the West.

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