Details for Valley Creek Station (Atlas Number 5441005629)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441005629


Marker Number 5629
Atlas Number 5441005629
Marker Title Valley Creek Station
Index Entry Valley Creek Station
Address US 277
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 396129
UTM Northing 3557460
Subject Codes roads; stagecoach routes, stands, etc.
Marker Year 2007
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 35 mi. SW at Shep community. Replaced 1968 marker.
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text (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. (1968, 2007)