During 2010 and 2011, writer and researcher Kirby Sanders was selected by the National Park Service to prepare a series of maps and reports outlining the routes and stations used by the iconic old west stagecoaches for the first overland transcontinental mail service from 1858 until 1861. The study was mandated by Act of the United States Congress under the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009. Based upon over a decade of research, contained herein are those reports as supplied to the National Park Service. Part of a series that includes the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California; this volume includes both the railroad and stagecoach routes from St. Louis, Missouri into Arkansas. Original routes and modern driving equivalents are mapped and stage station locations are identified as nearly as possible by latitude and longitude. The study and these reports were designed as a field guide to facilitate further in-depth local research to establish the exact route and station locations of this historically significant but rapidly vanishing trail.
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Kirby Sanders is a career journalist, writer and historical researcher originally from Houston, Texas, and presently living in Northwest Arkansas. His writing endeavors have included poetry, short fiction, journalism and historical research reports. During the late 1960s through the 1980s, he was active in the Southern Seed Poets Guild and Poets’ Workshop literary groups in Houston. During that time he published several collections of poetry and edited several small literary journals. He also assisted in literary projects with Wings Press of Houston. Among his early writing credits was publication in From Hide and Horn, A Sesquicentennial Anthology of Texas Poets published by Eakin Press of Austin, Texas, in 1986 wherein 150 Texas writers were selected to write a work encapsulating one year in Texas history. In the early 1970s, he was employed as a writer and reporter with the Houston (TX) Chronicle. During the 1980s, he branched out into travel and tourism writing. During the 1990s he returned to daily journalism and worked at newspapers in East Texas and Northwest Arkansas. During that time, he received several awards for investigative reporting. Amongst those was a substantial series on the arrest of the final suspect in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama -- the infamous “Four Little Girls” murder case. Many of his feature stories during that time focused on the history of the communities in which he worked. He has also worked in film, radio and television. In 2010, he was selected as a consultant to the National Park Service to prepare a substantial report and mapping survey on the 1858-1861 Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach route in the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. He has also authored two novels, A Death In Texas and Nusquam Res, Nusquam Esse; the Final Journey of Ambrose Bierce.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition. 172 pages. 11.00x8.50x0.41 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1483976998