Old Mail Route

Old Mail Route (HMZ3K)

Location: Catoosa, OK 74015 Rogers County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 11.621', W 95° 43.961'

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Will Rogers Memorial Highway

About ½ mile S-W is the site of Fort Spunky, a relay station on the Old Star Mail between St. Louis and California. After the War Between the States, Catoosa was founded as the post office with John Gunter Schrimsher (1835-1905) an uncle of Will Rogers as Post-Master.
HM NumberHMZ3K
Additional InformationIt was manufactured by the John Guntry & Co. Foundry of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Fort was not a military outpost but a Post Office (Stage Stand) just north of Catoosa. It opened on January 9, 1880 and closed on February 5, 1883. It took its name from nearby Spunky Creek. The Star Mail was a Stage Coach mail, later replaced by the Railroad when it advanced west through what would become Oklahoma in 1907, and in those days were the Indian Territories.
Series This marker is part of the Postal Mail and Philately series
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceFort
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker NumberA-21
Placed ByMr. & Mrs. Carl R. Mathews. Matthews was a local businessman.
Marker Condition
7 out of 10 (2 reports)
Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 4:21pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Directions InformationWest side of the 1957 alignment of Route 66, now OK-66
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 254284 N 4008892
Decimal Degrees36.19368333, -95.73268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 11.621', W 95° 43.961'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 11' 37.2600" N, 95° 43' 57.6600" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)918
Can be seen from road?Yes
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2928-2998 OK-66, Catoosa OK 74015, US
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The marker is located on the right side of the entrance to the Catoosa Blue Whale, on the western side of Route 66.
It is located by a hedge.

May 3, 2015 at 3:13pm PDT by route66

I Have Some Information

The marker is next to the building located between the Blue Whale and Route 66. It is on the eastern side of it. (on the right side of the entrance).
It can be seen from Route 66, partially concealed by a hedge.

May 3, 2015 at 2:41pm PDT by route66

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