Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Friday, March 1st, 1861

To day I and Bill are at work on the mill house. I returned to Father 29 lbs. of nails borrowed from him some time since. I loaned to Frank Stewart one of my mules to ride to Crockett to attend to some important business concerning himself. weather clear & rather warm.

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  1. 1861 Butterfield Overland Mail
    Friday, March 1, 1861

    Texas loses stagecoach mail and passenger service

    On this day in 1861, the 2 1/2-year history of the Butterfield Overland Mail in Texas came to an end. The Butterfield line began operations on September 15, 1858. It carried passengers and mail between St. Louis, Memphis, and San Francisco, a distance of 2,795 miles. A government contract called for the company to carry letter mail twice weekly in both directions in four-horse coaches, or spring wagons suitable for carrying passengers. Each trip was to be completed in twenty-five days. The postage rate was ten cents per half ounce. Passenger fare was $200 each way. Stage service in Texas was terminated in March 1861, when an agreement was made to modify the contract and move the route northward out of the state.

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