Category Archives: Butterfield Overland Mail

Fort Bowie, AZ

We went out to Fort Bowie for the Centennial of the U.S. Park Service. B Troop was there and we hiked in and around the fort. Fort Bowie was founded in 1862 by the California Column and name for one … Continue reading

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Knowing the truth from history: how do we know who’s telling the truth

Some claim the truth in history is unknowable. Without doubt the historian should be trying to present a true picture of what happened. Let us agree that only one thing did happen. There are those who seem to doubt this … Continue reading

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Historian

Some days you might think that being an historian is all about “no rules, just right.” There are so many people who write ‘history’ that really don’t know what they’re doing that you can get that impression. I wouldn’t for … Continue reading

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Tres Alamos ghost town

Starting from the road north of Benson, Arizona, our trail took us down into a deep wash that flowed from west to east toward the San Pedro River, temporarily dry at this point though showing signs of recent flow. We … Continue reading

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Time and Sulphur Springs

Time. We are prone to thinking of it as stationary. What is now always has been. Renaissance painters depict Biblical characters in clothing typical of the Middle Ages. We have a word for it: anachronism. This can be a source … Continue reading

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Trails, Raiding Trails and Lieutenant George Bascom

We spread a map flat on a table top and look at the world as though it were uniform. Mountains, canyons, rivers, swamps and hills disappear becoming all the same. And yet we know it’s not so. We know the … Continue reading

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Cienega Station of the Butterfield Overland Mail (1858-1861)

In 1947, Roscoe P. Conkling, writing about the Butterfield Overland Mail (1858-1861) deemed Cienega Station lost having been obliterated when the railroad was built in 1880. On July 28, 2012, Matt Greenway, Dennis Sak, Gene Baker and I located the … Continue reading

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San Pedro Crossing of the Butterfield Overland Mail

Where did the Butterfield Overland Mail cross the San Pedro River? Where was the San Pedro Crossing Station? Despite the way people talk, the Butterfield Overland Mail is something quite specific. From 1858 to 1861, it ran from St. Louis, … Continue reading

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