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This collection contains correspondence, newsletters, programs, maps, sketches, published materials, and research notes, as well as papers involving the organization of the Arkansas commission and the organization on the national level.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Butterfield Overland Mail Company was established by John Butterfield of Utica, New York, in1857. He contracted with the United States Postmaster General to transport the mail from the Mississippi River to San Francisco, California, including a major route from Memphis, Tennessee, to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and a route from St. Louis through Missouri and northwest Arkansas, including stops in Fayetteville and Elkhorn Tavern, and ending in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Butterfield Overland Mail Centennial Commission was formed in Arkansas in the 1950s as a part of the national celebration with W.J. Lemke of Fayetteville, Arkansas, as its Arkansas chairman. Others on the commission included Ted R. Worley of the Arkansas History Commission and J.H. Atkinson of Littlerock Junior College. National committee members included H. Bailey Carroll of Texas, Lewis C. Jones of New York, and William J. Peterson of Iowa. Along with local events commemorating the anniversary along the different routes, a centennial caravan was organized from Tipton, Missouri, to San Francisco, California.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Butterfield Overland Mail Centennial Commission records, MS.000182


Arkansas State Archives

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Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Butterfield Overland Mail Centennial Commission records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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