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Property Name Butterfield Overland Mail Route Corridor
Reference Number 14000524
State Texas
County Culberson and Hudspeth
Town Salt Flat
Street Address Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 400 Pine Canyon Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/27/2014
Areas of Significance Exploration and Settlement; Transportation
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The Butterfield Overland Mail Route Corridor (Corridor Historic District; Upper Road; Overland Mail Route) is located within and adjacent to the boundaries of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. While the district is named after the most famous period of use for the corridor, it is composed of multiple road alignments and related sites spanning a continuum of national and regional use from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. It is directly associated with pivotal events and a broad-sweeping national pattern of western expansion and settlement through which all-purpose transportation corridors were conceived and constructed to unite the vast American landscape. Thus, the Corridor Historic District has a period of significance spanning 1849-1958 and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A and D, in the areas of Transportation and Exploration/Settlement at the national level of significance.

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria