(1850-present) - When three competing express and stage companies
merged in 1850,
was formed. Because the organization expanded into new markets, it still
(1862?-1881?) - Starting out in
the company moved westward, concentrating on
during its booming mining days.
Butterfield Overland Dispatch (1865-1870) - Initially developed by David A. Butterfield in 1865 on the
Smoky Hill Trail, the line ran from Atchison,
Kansas to Denver,
Butterfield Overland Stage Company (1858-1861) - The brainchild of
John W. Butterfield (no relation to
David A. Butterfield), the stage company was owned by
and held the largest mail contact ever granted by the U.S. Government.
Riverside Stage Station, California, 1866, photo by
Lawrence & Houseworth.
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