Memorial for Silas St. John:
SILAS ST. JOHN CARRIED THE FIRST EASTBOUND OVERLAND MAIL OUT OF SAN DIEGO, FROM CARRIZO CREEK TO FORT YUMA NOV, 16, 1857. ON SEPT. 9, 1858, IN A LONE-HANDED DEFENSE OF THE BUTTERFIELD-WELLS FARGO OVERLAND STAGE STATION AT DRAGOON, ARIZ., ST.
JOHN WAS HORRIBLY WOUNDED AND LOST HIS LEFT ARM. HE RECOVERED TO CONTINUE IN WELLS FARGO SERVICE.
OF HIS STUFF THE WEST WAS MADE.
In 1857, a year before the massacre at Dragoon Springs, the lone survivor of the massacre, Silas St. John, helped layout and manage the San Antonio to San Diego mail route ( The Jackass mail route). ... more
Eddie, Benjamin P. Cheney,jr, a director of Wells Fargo, had that Memorial inscribed on a bronze plaque and placed on Silas St. John’s headstone in 1941. Sadly, several years later the bronze plaque was... more
Thanks Robert for that information on Silas St. John. From San Antonio, the Military Road and Postal Route ran west to Ft. Inge, just south of current Uvalde, and beyond, then turned towards El Paso. If... more