B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too


Point plotted at Sandy Channel Recreation Area, about 5 miles SE of Odessa.

In 1859, the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company (L. & P.P. Express Co.) established a stagecoach station at Seventeen Mile Station to serve as the first stop for passengers after Fort Kearney. When the Central Overland California & Pike's Peak Express Company assumed control of these stations and started the Pony Express, it is likely that they made the Seventeen Mile Station a relay station on the route. [1] In 1860, when the noted English traveller Richard F. Burton crossed the Great Plains and passed through this station, his stagecoach exchanged animals at Seventeen Mile Station. [2] It should also be noted that Merrill Mattes also proposed McClain's and Russell's Ranch as the site mentioned by traveler Richard Burton in his 1860 account. [3]

Nevertheless, many sources generally name this site as Platte or Platt's, located about five miles southeast of Odessa, [4] probably because the station is listed as "Platt's" in the 1861 mail contract, [5] and because the Holladay Stage Line stopped at Platte later on. [6]

In 1960, Merrill Mattes and Paul Henderson suggested that Seventeen Mile Relay Station was possibly the same station site as Platt's. [7] Whereas, Gregory M. Franzwa listed Seventeen Mile as a separate station west of Platte, but notes that historical sources also called it Platte Station. [8]

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