A favorite character from literature.
The assignment asks who of the literary greats I would choose to meet and what I would ask of them. There doesn’t seem to be a time frame to this question, so I think I would choose not a writer, but a character who made history: John Butterfield, the person who originated the stagecoach mail route from the railhead at Tipton, Missouri to Sacramento, California. In my opinion, it was such a vast undertaking it bordered on recklessness.
The United States Congress provided the greater portion of the of the financing for the purchase of 1,800 horses and mules at about $65 each, harnesses, 250 stagecoaches capable of carrying 3,000 pounds each and costing $1,400 each, a number of special mail wagons, water-tank wagons, conductors, drivers, 200 stations, water wells, and water tanks. Butterfield employed more than 2,000 men in all – station keepers, blacksmiths, mechanics, and an untold number of livestock herders and helpers at about $27 per month.
Postage for a coast-to-coast letter was 10 cents. Fare to ride the Butterfield Stage from Tipton, Missouri to Sacramento was $150.
If I had the opportunity to speak with Butterfield I would ask him what he promised Congress before they handed over such a large sum of money.
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