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|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
A C Greene
|Description:||293 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Other Titles:||Nine hundred miles on the Butterfield Trail.|
|Responsibility:||by A.C. Greene.|
Today, more than a century and a third after the first Butterfield coaches rolled, we are hard put to imagine how awesome, how fearful the actual passage was.
In 1858 Waterman Lily Ormsby, Jr., recorded his experiences on the first Butterfield Overland Mail coach traveling from Missouri to San Francisco. In the 1930s Roscoe and Margaret Conkling drove the route again in the 1930 Buick and published three volumes of their research. Now A.C. and Judy Greene have made a 1990s version of the ride in their own "celerity wagon" - a Lincoln Mark VII.
Incorporating newly found historical documents and changes in the landscape, as well as exploring myths and legends that surround the Butterfield Trail, Greene's account is the latest tribute to the 2800-mile drama that stretched from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast.