Stage Coaches Served the American West - Photo courtesy of Willard Simms 2008 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley (click on image to enlarge.
The Butterfield-Overland Stagecoach Rides Again!
Campo de Cahuenga Invites you to join the Sesquicentennial Ceremonies
Sunday, October 19, 2008.
Stagecoach embarks at 10 a.m.
Gather at the Campo “staging area” at 9:30 a.m. to be part of this 150th Anniversary and witness the re-enactment of the historic first ride of the first overland transcontinental mail service between St. Louis and Los Angeles in 1858.
The circa 1858 horse-drawn stagecoach departs from Campo de Cahuenga, an original Butterfield-Overland stage stop,
on a once-in-a-lifetime procession through the San Fernando Valley. More celebrations at three more stops along the 18.9 mile route.
3919 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA
Inquiries, Campo de Cahuenga Historical Memorial Association:
Campo de Cahuenga Departs 10 a.m., west on Ventura Boulevard
Los Encinos State Historic Park Estimated Arrival 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Tarzana Community and Cultural Center Estimated Arrival 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Leonis Adobe, Calabasas Estimated Arrival 5:30 p.m.
A little Butterfield-Overland Stagecoach history:
On September 16, 1858, the first Butterfield-Overland Stagecoach left St. Louis, Missouri on its inaugural trip across the country to deliver the mail. Arriving at Campo de Cahuenga in the historic Cahuenga Pass on October 7 or 8, where it changed horses and departed for the Mission San Fernando 15 miles distant. This major feat heralded the first overland transcontinental mail service across the United States, an event that can be compared in significance to the advent of the internet today. Celebrations are taking place across the country to acknowledge the importance of stage lines in the 19th century.
You are invited to follow the stage on October 19 and celebrate at each of the four official events along the San Fernando Valley route.