Graham resident writes Butterfield Trail book

Bill Acorn decided it was time to write a book. The 79-year-old Graham resident, who said he’s “been here forever,” has published a story for youth and adults called “The Ride on the Butterfield Trail.”

The book, illustrated by David Gilmore and published by Southern Road Press, tells the story of brothers making their way to Young County and the discoveries they make when they arrive.

According to the book’s cover information, “Brothers Ed and Jimmy are traveling to a new homestead in Texas. Along the way, they come across a big surprise – a stagecoach carved out of rocks. When the boys go back to the stagecoach to play, they end up on an adventure that’s even more surprising.”

Alcorn said he wanted to share a story of the stagecoach carved from stone that honored the Butterfield Overland Mail Route, which traversed Young County from 1858-61, carrying passengers as well as mail. The route, which included St. Louis and Memphis, crossed North Texas on its way to San Francisco. One north Texas stop was at Fort Belknap, where the stagecoach carving now resides.

Alcorn’s book is now available at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, as well as Amazon, and costs $10.50 for the softcover version, and $15 for a hardback copy, he said.

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