Benson events

February
Territorial Days

March
Quilt and Craft Show

April
Benson Bluegrass in the Park
Three days of great bluegrass music in Lions Park in Benson, featuring Goldwing Express, Cedar Hill, Bost Family Traditions and more. Tickets: Friday, $8, Saturday or Sunday, $12. Three-day pass, $25. For more information call the Benson Chamber (520) 586-2842.

October
Butterfield Overland Stage Days
The southern route of the Butterfield Overland Mail crossed the San Pedro River just to the north of present Benson. From 1858 to 1861 the coaches passed through southeast Arizona twice a week--on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Concord stagecoach as used on the Butterfield Line

The route through southeastern Arizona crossed into what is now Arizona from Mesilla, New Mexico Territory at Stein's Pass, then headed west/southwest to San Simon, through Apache Pass, Ewell Springs, and Dragoon Springs. After crossing the river just north of the present-day Benson, the route veered slightly north to pass Cienega and head up to Tucson and on to San Francisco via Yuma and Los Angeles. The stage stopped operating when the Civil War broke out and was never resumed in the south.

For more information call the Benson Chamber of Commerce at 520 586-2842, www.bensonchamberaz.com or stop by the Benson Tourist Center in the Railroad Depot at 249 E 4th St, Benson. Information is subject to change. Call to confirm before planning to attend events.

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