The Butterfield Overland Mail and Stage line ran from Nail's Crossing on the Blue River to the Rock Bluff Ferry near Coffee's Trading Post on the Red River at Preston Texas and from there to Gainesville Texas. After the first two months of operation, the Butterfield Overland Mail was rerouted from Nail's Crossing on the Blue River to Colbert's Ferry on the Red River, which was north of Sherman Texas. The line was reouted to Sherman, to Pottsboro and then to Gaineville in order to provide passenger and mail service to Sherman.
The Butterfield Overland Mail swing-station at Coffee's Trading Post was closed and a new waystation was established at Pottsboro Texas which was known as Diamond's Station. The new waystation was operated by James Diamond until the Butterfield Overland Mail was closed atthe startof the WBTS. Holland Coffee was killed in a duel in 1846 but his wife Sophia continued to operate the trading post for many years afterwards.
Fort McCulloch was established by Brig. Gen. Albert Pike at Nails' Crossing. Nail's Crossing was at the fork in the Texas Road where the Texas Road continued south to Colbert's Ferry and to a military road went west to Fort Wichita. Col. Jonathan Nail operated Nail's Crossing. The Nail Family Cemetery is near where the crossing was located.