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Butterfield Station in Tucson was the site of one of the many stations established by Jonathon Butterfield after winning the lucrative U.S. Mail contract that created the Butterfield-Overton Mail Route. The southwestern route that passed through Tucson and on to San Francisco had the famous Mark Twain as a passenger for one journey but ended abruptly with the Civil War.
The city that has grown since the days of stagecoach express mail. The neighborhood now has the borders of East Gas Road to the north and South Butterfield Drive – the original stagecoach route into town – to the southeast. East Hotel Drive is the boundary to the southern border of East Irvington Road. South Palo Verde Road rounds out the western front of the neighborhood.
Butterfield Station, once the desolate destination for letters and news, has since come to life, with many activities for visitors. The Sam Lena Recreation Area is to the north, and the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is to the east. The USA Race Track is to the south and hosts a number of car races on a dirt track. Residents enjoy community activities at the Cherry Avenue Recreation Center to the south.
The neighborhood has been a hub for travel since its creation. During the Butterfield-Overton pre-Civil War days, the station was a sparse destination with no services. Since then, hotels and restaurants have sprouted in the historic area to meet the needs of the weary I-10 traveler.
The Butterfield Station neighborhood is somewhat pedestrian-friendly, with crushed clay paths separated from the roadway by a high curb. However, the overall design is more conducive for driving. While there are bike lanes along East Irvington Road, none of the major roadways that traverse the city of Tucson travels through the small neighborhood.