Butterfield Community sits along the historic Butterfield Overland Mail Trail.
Today Butterfield Community has come a long way from the stop on the stagecoach route it once was. In the 70’s it transformed into a destination for campers from all over. Now, we aim to provide affordable house to those in need. We hope our residents find a home in Butterfield, a community they can be apart of and grow with. Upcoming improvements include: installing solar panels and more…
It was the first stagecoach route that transported mail to the far west. The route covered 600 miles from St. Louis, Missouri to San Franciso, California. Prior to this, the mail was brought by ship through the Gulf of Mexico, across Panama by truck and again by ship up to California. The route was in operation from 1857-1861.
It was founded by John W. Butterfield and his associate William G. Fargo (better known as Wells Fargo), among others. Operations began when they won the coveted post office contract in 1857. They successfully delivered mail until the onset of the American Civil War in 1861. unfortunately, Due to debts owed by Butterfield to Fargo, he lost his stake in the company. However, Wells Fargo continued and grew his company to the namesake of banks that it is today.