Details for Valley Creek Station

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441005629


Marker Number 5629
Atlas Number 5441005629
Marker Title Valley Creek Station
Index Entry Valley Creek Station
Address FM 1086
City Bradshaw
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 395509
UTM Northing 3556431
Subject Codes stagecoach routes, stands, etc; roads; communities
Marker Year 2007
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Shep community, FM 1086, E side 150 feet NW of US 277, NW of Spring Creek bridge.
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)

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