Down there, in the middle ground of this photo, is the original route of the Butterfield Overland Mail, a stagecoach making the first transcontinental mail delivery in 1858. The route runs through the current Guadalupe Mountains National Park (pictured here), Hueco Tanks State Historic Site, and the El Paso airport.
A year after the service was established, it was rerouted to the south and ran through Fort Davis and just south of Van Horn.
For more information on the Butterfield Overland Sesquicentennial, visit: www.texasmountaintrail.com/butterfield
An exhibit about the Butterfield Overland Mail can be seen through January at the El Paso Museum of History. For more information, click here.