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The Oak Grove Butterfield Stage Station was in operation between 1858 and 1860.
Postmaster General Aaron Brown was authorized by Congress to find a way to move mail overland to California on a regular basis. The goal was to carry mail end-to-end in less than 25 days in coaches or spring wagons pulled by four horses. Brown selected a route that ran approximately 2,800 miles through the southern portion of the nation as it was open all year round. In 1857 the Butterfield Overland Mail Company was awarded the contract for the first transcontinental mail and passenger line to California.
Stations were erected at 20 mile intervals along the entire route. Horses where changed at every station but drivers only every 200 or 300 miles.
The route was really tough. Imagine all the storms, accidents, indian attacks, robberies and broken wagon wheels on the long journey.
The cache is located at the Oak Grove Stage Station historical marker (see cache picture). By the way, there is another marker too : Camp Wright marker about 500 feet south from the cache location. Both markers are on the right side of the road if you are riding from north to south.
Take a look at this this street view image. The station is the building with the flag.
I'm not sure if the station is still open to public during weekends but even if it isn't, you'll still get to ride the sweepers on a great road and hopefully spend a few minutes to think about American history.
NOTE: Control question!
This is an example of a cache that that has a control question. Look for an answer to the question. You need to type it when you log your find. Consider taking a picture of the marker so that you don't forget the answer. If you forget it or have any problems, you can send me (pleksi) a private message and I'll tell you the answer. The answer can be found on the web too. Questions on motocaches are not that serious - the main purpose is to guide visitors to take a closer look instead of just passing by.
- Western Cover Society
- Historic Spots in California by By Douglas Kyle, Hero Rensch, Mildred Hoover, Ethel Rensch and William Abeloe
The last line of text on Oak Grove Stage Station historical marker has the answer to this question: What year was the marker erected? Answer is a four digit number.
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