Soon after a stagecoach operation started between Altus and Fayetteville, James H. Van Hoose made the journey north and sent back a note to the Arkansas Gazette, which published the note on October 8, 1875:
Editor Gazette: Permit me through your columns to say to the traveling public that the stage route from Ozark to Fayetteville, now run by John Woolen, is the best route I have ever seen across the Boston mountains. The citizens of Fayetteville and Ozark have contributed to put the road in good repair, and anyone now wishing to go to Fayetteville can leave Altus, the terminus of the Little Rock and Fort Smith railroad, at 5 o'clock p.m., get a night's rest at Saddlers, on Mulberry, and arrive in Fayetteville at 4 p.m. the next day. The road is good, good stages and horses, and very careful, clever and accommodating drivers. The scenery along this new route is as grand as any to be found in the state. We have just passed over the line, and know whereof we speak.
J.H. Van Hoose