Tipton, Moniteau County, Missouri
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N 38° 39.180 W 092° 47.189
15S E 518579 N 4278292
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Waymark Code: WM12CP2
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 04/29/2020
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County of marker" Moniteau County
Marker Location: MO-5 & US-50, Tipton
marker Erected By: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Higheay Commission
Date Mareke Erected: 11955

Marker Text:

Butterfield Overland Mail Terminus
Historic town in the annals of western transportation, Tipton, in 1858-59, was the eastern stagecoach terminus of the famous Butterfield Overland Mail. N.Y. expressman John Butterfield (1801-69), under contract to carry mail and passengers between St. Louis and San Francisco over the Southern Route on a twice-a-week, 25-day schedule, used Tipton as stage terminus because the Pacific R. R. (Mo. Pac.), completed to this point, could be used for the first 160 miles.

The first westbound mail and passengers carried by Butterfield stage left Tipton, Sept. 16, 1858, and arrived in San Francisco 24 days later after traveling some 2,700 miles across rivers, deserts, mountains, and through hostile Indian territory. At one time Butterfield had 1,500 horses and mules, 100 coaches, relay stations about 20 miles apart, and, at the peak, 2,000 employees.

Tipton was replaced as terminus when the railroad reached nearby Syracuse in the summer of 1859. In 1861, because of the Civil War, traffic was transferred from the Southern to the Central Route.

Butterfield coaches traveled south from Tipton to Arkansas making stops at the following relay stations in Missouri:

Relay Station • Nearest Town Today • County
Shackelford's •  l Syracuse •   Morgan
Munhollen's •   Florence •   Morgan
Burn's   •   Cole Camp   • Benton
Warsaw   •   Warsaw   •   Benton
Bailey's   •   Fairfield   •   Benton
Quincy   •   Quincy   •   Hickory
Yoast's   •   Elkton   •   Hickory
Bolivar   •   Bolivar   •   Polk
J. H. Smith's •   N. of Brighton   • Polk
Molloy's   • S. of Brighton   •   Polk
Evans'   • N. of Springfield   •   Greene
Springfield   •   Springfield   • Greene
Ashmore's •   N. W. corner of   •   Christian
J. I. Smith's   • N. E. corner of   •   Barry
Crouch's   •   Cassville &mesp; •   Barry
Cassville (not a relay station but a stop)
Harbin's   •   Seligman   •  Barry

Tipton was laid out by William Tipton Seeley, 1858, shortly before it became the Butterfield Overland Mail terminus. Near Tipton is the State Training School for Negro Girls, opened, 1916.

Who placed it?: State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission

When was it placed?: 1955

Who is honored?: John Butterfield, Butterfield Overlnad Stage, William Tipton Seely, Railroaders,

Website about the Monument: Not listed

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