Located in the southeast corner of
Fort Bowie National Historic Site commemorates the story of the bitter
conflict between the
the United States military. It also stands as a lasting monument to
the bravery and endurance of U.S.
soldiers in paving the way for westward
settlement and the taming of the western frontier.
In 1857, the government awarded
Butterfield a contract to carry mail by stagecoach between
St. Louis, Missouri and
2,800-mile route was to be traversed within 25 days. A year later, as
the stagecoaches prepared to roll, Butterfield charged his men,
"Remember boys, nothing on God's earth must stop the United States
Mail" He did not reckon on future collisions with an embittered Chief
Cochise of the Chiricahua Apache tribe.