Valley Creek Station

Valley Creek Station (HM1H9C)

Location: Wingate, TX 79566 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 8.37', W 100° 6.475'

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(Site located 2 mi. northwest)

Near this site, an important link in the frontier transportation system was an area landmark. The Butterfield Overland Mail maintained a stage stop at the falls and crossing of Valley Creek beginning in 1858. The twice-weekly mail and passenger line stretched from San Francisco to St. Louis, crossing the southwest corner of Taylor County and passing six miles west of present Abilene. The path through Texas, known as the Oxbow Route, added about 600 miles to the 2,800 mile trip. The line moved out of Texas in March 1861, leaving this area sparsely settled. Ranchers later settled near Spring, Cottonwood and Valley creeks, and established the nearby community of Shep in the 1880s.
HM NumberHM1H9C
Marker Number5629
Year Placed2007
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 4:21am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 395507 N 3556435
Decimal Degrees32.13950000, -100.10791667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 8.37', W 100° 6.475'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 8' 22.2" N, 100° 6' 28.5" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6100-6174 FM1086, Wingate TX 79566, US
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