William “Bill” Lawton Wright (1902 March 23 - 1962 September 2) was a newspaper reporter in San Diego and San Francisco in
the 1920s and 1930s. He pursued an interest in San Diego County history and discovered that the location of the Butterfield
Stagecoach station on Warner’s Ranch was incorrectly identified. Wright’s 1961 publication on the topic
The Warner's Ranch Butterfield Station Puzzle resulted in a National Historic Landmark designation from the National Park Service of the United States Department of the
Interior in 1962. This collection of papers from 1931-1962 includes Wright’s research on the topic, correspondence, and manuscript
drafts, as well as a portfolio of evidence Wright constructed for proving his case to any pertinent board or committee.
William “Bill” Lawton Wright was born in Omaha, Nebraska on 1902 March 23. Wright moved to California when he attended Stanford
University in San Francisco. At Stanford, Wright met Katherine Frances Capell, and the two were wed in 1926 on Wright's 24th
birthday. Wright was the editor of the Stanford Daily before he and Katherine relocated to San Diego in 1929, where Wright
was a columnist for the San Diego Union until 1937. While in San Diego, Wright was heavily involved with the San Diego Historical
Society and passionately studied the history of San Diego County, specifically the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach station
at Warner's Ranch. The Wrights moved to Glendale, California in 1943, and William continued his research on the Butterfield
Overland route and San Diego County.
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