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[photo] Oak Grove Butterfield Station
Photo from National Historic Landmarks collection
The Butterfield Overland Mail operated from 1858 to 1861. Its route travelled between San Francisco and two eastern termini--St. Louis, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee. The Oak Grove Butterfield Station, a National Historic Landmark, is a rare example of a stage station remaining along the old stage route. The two routes (St. Louis and Memphis) converged at Fort Smith, Arkansas, dropped into Texas, extended across the southwest to Los Angeles, and then north through the San Joaquin Valley to San Francisco. It took about 25 days for a letter to reach its destination. The line also attracted passengers. The operation of the Butterfield Overland Mail was disrupted by the Civil War. The 1858 Oak Grove Butterfield Station is a simple one story adobe building surrounded by ancient oak trees.

Oak Grove Butterfield Station is located 13 miles northwest of Warner Hot Springs on California 79 in Oak Grove. It is now occupied by a store, open during normal business hours.


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