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The Stagecoach

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The Stagecoach by Linda Bjorklund
Connecting East and West

The stagecoach era in the American West was a prime example of American ingenuity and determination. It began with the discovery of gold on the west coast in 1849 and the need for gold seekers to get there from the east to make their fortunes. It lasted through Indian uprisings and the Civil War and only when the golden spike was driven into the last track at Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869, signaling the completion of the transcontinental railroad, was the death knell of the stagecoach sounded. Even then it took time for local railroads to be ready for passengers and freight, so stagecoaches continued to be an important form of transportation through the 1880s.

As we climb into our well-tuned, super- charged, modern, sports utility vehicles, it seems hard to imagine when the only way to get there was in a dusty, chilly, bumpy stagecoach pulled by spirited horses and driven by a tobacco-chewing figure in a box high up from the road. (5.5" x 8.5" 62 pages)

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