Cooke’s Spring Station near
Heckler, The Butterfield Trail In New Mexico, p.113-123
Butterfield erected a station near the spring in October 1858 and a latter station in 1861.
Indians destroyed the original station in the summer of 1861 after the Bascom Affair. Before destroying the station the Indians ambushed and murdered a party of Butterfield and SA&SD employees who were on their way to
Morgan Merrick was a soldier with Baylor’s Confederate force that invaded
The exact location of the stand off by the seven men on the Freeman Thomas stagecoach is not known as contemporary observers did not record the precise spot. It is most likely that the clues have long been removed by well meaning amateurs. This underscores the importance of not removing clues but leaving them in place and reporting the findings to the appropriate authorities, in this case the BLM archeologist.
By latter counts there were some one hundred to one hundred fifty people buried along this three-mile stretch of Butterfield Trail making it the most dangerous place on the 2,975 mile road.