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Florence, MO - Butterfield Trail Fenceline

Butterfield Trail near Florence, Missouri. Through the 1840's and 1850's, mail was carried between the east and west coasts by several private companies, some under federal contract, using various routes, including ocean steamers around South America, or overland, across the Isthmus of Panama. But, there was a desire for better and quicker communication. The government responded by authorizing the Postmaster General to contract for an overland mail route from Missouri to California. The Post Office Department advertised for bids for an overland mail service on April 20, 1857. Nine Overland Stage owners supplied bids and planned routes. The Postmaster-General preferred a southern route and Butterfield's proposal did just that. Photo by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.
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Florence, MO - Butterfield Trail Fenceline