Benton's Fort

Benton's Fort (also known as Benton's Station, Moore's Station or Cottonwood) was a station on the Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route operated by John R. Benton and his stepson, Charles E. Kennedy. This Freight Route was active from 1873-1882 and served as a connection from the Southern Pacific Railroad in Wadsworth to Candelaria, Marietta, Columbus and the surrounding region. The trip was about 130 miles and took eight days to complete (each way). During this time, Benton's Fort would provide protection from Indians in the region.

Wadsworth-Columbus Freight Route, 1873-1882
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