Stage Coaches
by Chris

Annie Oakley

Billy the Kid

Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Hunting

Building the Railroads

Chief Joseph

Cowboys

Crazy Horse

Frontier Town

Frontier Woman’s Day

Gold Rush

Homestead Act

Horses

Iron Horse

John Deere

Law & Order

Levi Strauss

Log Cabins

Lumberjacks 1

Lumberjacks 2

Mountain Men

Oregon Trail

Outlaws

Pioneer Town

Pony Express

Ranchers & Ranches

Sitting Bull

Stagecoaches

Texas Cattle Drive

The Mormon Trail

Trail of Tears

Wagon Trains

Wounded Knee Massacre

 

HOME

During the early days, sending messages across the continent was very difficult. It became even more crucial to develop an easier transportation method. People were confronted with many obstacles. People started finding ways to reach the west.

Difficulties Traveling to the West

In the beginning it was very difficult to transport mail. Trade goods were carried in wagons and mule trains. Travel in the east was easier, but mule traveling in the west was a lot harder. It was dangerous because of the unfinished road, bad weather and attack. Journeys could take months to get to the west by land.

Overland Mail Company

In 1857 John Butterfield founder of  the American Express Company, set up the Overland Mail Company. His stagecoaches carried mail and passengers between St. Louis, Missouri and San Francisco, California. Each coach was pulled by a team of four or six horses or mules. 139 stagecoaches were operated by station attendant, armed guards and drivers. The route went through the states of Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The Pony Express and Wells Fargo

Even though the Overland Company made its attempt to cross to the west, the Pony Express and Wells Fargo also began to attempt to get to the west. Mali service took ten days to get delivered with the Pony Express. They could carry 20 pounds of mail but the company only lasted 18 months. In 1843, Henry Wells and James Fargo formed an express company to carry letters. They were the only stage coach lines that had offices in every town.

Stagecoaches were the beginning of how settlers started to deliver messages between towns and regions. Even though it was not a successful attempt they started to use technology. Now people found a way to deliver messages in seconds instead of days.

image courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Concord_stagecoach_1869.png

Ms. Garrido's Page  | Pocantico Hills School

email Ms. Garrido

Copyright © 2011 Terry Hongell - Pocantico Hills School