The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 19
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The Butterfield Overland Mail Road across Texas 19
Above El Paso the tracer of the Butterfield Overland Mail
Route comes to the border of Texas and this time to the end of
this trail hunt. The search has depended heavily on surveyors'
notes and on the simple arithmetic of distance. The chief function
of this effort has been to correct some of the errors that have crept
into the record and to establish more definitely the route of an
interesting old trail that still adds its touch of glamor to the story
of frontier America.65
s5For the sake of accuracy such local errors as the following ought to be cor-
rected. The Texas Highway Department erected an expensive monument on U. S.
Highway 281 about five miles northwest of Bowie that purports to mark a point
on the Butterfield Trail. There is another marker about seven miles northwest of
Bowie on U. S. Highway 287 that also attests to the same misinformation. Both
markers are a full twenty miles off the actual Butterfield Mail Route as indicated
by the commissioners minutes and surveyors' notes cited in this paper.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958, periodical, 1958; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101164/m1/39/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.