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Fitzgerald Station and Farmstead

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City/County/Congressional District: Springdale , Washington County ( District 3 )
Location Class: Farm
Year Built: 1858
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places (2003)
Status: Endangered

Built in 1858 from native lumber and fieldstone, the Fitzgerald Station barn is one of the few remaining structures used by John Butterfield’s Overland Mail Company. The barn was constructed near the home of John and Mary Fitzgerald, who had been operating an inn along the Military Road beginning in the 1830s. Butterfield’s Overland Mail route came through northwest Arkansas on its way from Tipton, Missouri, to San Francisco, California, between 1858 and 1861. The barn and an 1870s home still remain on the site in eastern Springdale.