Butterfield's Byway: America's First Overland Mail Route Across the West
Butterfield's Byways has been awarded Runner Up for
John Butterfield’s mail service connected the East and West Coasts in
one of the great entrepreneurial and pioneering stories of the American
West. Until 1858, California’s gold fields were reached only by horseback,
wagon or ship around Cape Horn. Congress decided a 2,800-mile, twenty-five-day
stagecoach line would roll from St. Louis to San Francisco. Former Utica,
New York mayor Butterfield hired one thousand men and bought 1,200 horses,
600 mules and 250 wagons. Surveying the wilderness, he built roads and two
hundred way stations, graded river fords and dug one hundred wells.
Join author Melody Groves on a cross-country trip from Missouri to California,
and all points in between, as she recounts the Butterfield Stage Line’s amazing odyssey.
"A great book for the US history buff in your family. The Butterfield route was the Route 66 of the 1800's. Very detailed. A great read and hard to put down. If you are one of those folks that wonders, "how did they do that," you'll love this book." - Amazon Reviewer
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