Stations on the Trail

The first Butterfield Overland Dispatch (BOD) coach left Atchison, Kansas on Monday, September 11th, 1865 and arrived in Denver on Monday, September 23rd, 1865. The trail covered 592 miles. Each station is marked with a BOD marker and the notch on the top of the marker indicated the direction of the trail from that point.

Kansas Stations

    1. Fort Leavenworth
    2. Easton
    3. Hickory Point
    4. Ozawkie
    5. Silver Lake
    6. St Mary’s
    7. Louisville
    8. Juniata Crossing
    9. Fort Riley
    10. Junction City
    11. Chapman Creek
    12. Abilene
    13. Solomon River Crossing
    14. Salina
    15. Spring Creek
    16. Fort Harker
    17. Buffalo Creek
    18. Wilson’s Creek
    19. Bunker Hill (Hick’s)
    20. Fossil Creek
    21. Forsythe’s Creek aka Walker Creek
    22. Fort Fletcher
    23. Big Creek
    24. Lookout Station
    25. Louisa Springs  Рabandoned for Stormy Hollow
    26. Blufton – abandoned for Threshing Machine White Rock Canyon
    27. Stormy Hollow
    28. Downer – later Fort Downer
    29. Ruthton – used only a short time
    30. Castle Rock
    31. Grannell Springs
    32. Chalk Bluff
    33. Carlisle
    34. Monument – once Antelope Station, later a fort
    35. Smoky Hill
    36. Eaton
    37. Henshaw Springs
    38. Fort Wallace – Pond Creek
    39. Goose Creek
    40. Willow Creek

These stations were burned down by the Indians in 1867

Colorado Stations-Southern Route

  1. Cheyenne Wells
  2. Eureka
  3. Duboise
  4. Grady’s
  5. Connell Creek
  6. Coon Creek
  7. Hogan’s
  8. Hedinger’s Lake
  9. Big Bend of Sandy
  10. Reed’s Spring
  11. Bijou Creek
  12. Kiowa Creek
  13. Ruthton
  14. Sulphur Gulch
  15. Cherry Creek
  16. Denver
    Source:The Raynesford Papers