Retracing the Butterfield Overland Mail Route

Continuing our exploration of the route of the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route through Oklahoma (begun on a short trip last year about this time). The Butterfield stage ran from 1858 to 1861 and 192 miles of its route traversed what is present-day southeastern Oklahoma. Today we started in Spiro, Oklahoma and made it to a point southwest of Wilburton, visiting Trahern’s (we’d already been to Walker’s), Holloway’s, and Riddle’s Stations as well as Brazil Cemetery, Edwards Store and Mountain Station. Another full day tomorrow as we continue our travels toward Colbert’s Ferry on the Red River.

Crossing Brazil Creek on a steel truss bridge.
Brazil Cemetery
At Council House Spring, Trahern’s Station with the Watson Family
Lily and Josey, children of Kelly and Jonathan Watson, at Trahern’s Station
Near Dog Creek Settlement between Trahern’s and Holloway’s Stations
Butterfield sign along the road.
Riddle’s Cemetery near Wilburton


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