#647:  Butterfield Overland Mail Route

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0.5 mi E of County Rd S2 (P.M. 23.0), 5.8 mi S of State Hwy 78, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park



State Plaque


About Butterfield from CA State Parks


You have to drive on a fairly easy dirt road to get here, and then a short hike up a desert hill to get to the plaque.

Plaque Text:

Butterfield Overland Mail Route

This pass, Puerta, between the desert and the cooler valleys to the north, was used by the Mormon Battalion, Kearny's Army of the West, the Butterfield Overland Mail stages, and emigrants who eventually settled the West. The eroded scar on the left was the route of the Butterfield stages, 1858-1861. The road on the right served as a county road until recent years.

Plaque placed by the California State Park Commission in cooperation with The Sierra Club of California, San Diego Chapter, October 6, 1958.

©2009 David Schmitt