November 18, 1801: John Butterfield was born today. He founded the Butterfield Overland Mail stage line from St. Louis to San Francisco. He also founded American Express.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.