Stagecoaches Across the American West 1850-1920

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This book provides readers with a precise and comprehensive examination of the captivating period in American history between 1850 and 1920.

The extraordinary progress of the United States during these tumultuous seventy years can be credited to multiple factors, among which the stagecoach played a significant role.

By focusing on the role of stagecoach lines and their operators, this historical guide offers a glimpse into how stagecoaches contributed to the settlement of the West. With an examination of the westward expansion of the United States, Stagecoaches Across the American West provides readers with an accurate and comprehensive perspective on this thrilling era in American history.

The initial section of the book provides a comprehensive overview of the political, social, and geographical context of the nation during its expansion into the Western regions and its connection with the newly established state of California.

This chapter also covers the manufacturing of coaches, noteworthy individuals and organizations contributing to their production, the primary routes traversing the country, and the numerous challenges encountered by these coaches along their westward voyage.

Then the second section of the book delves into a more distinct examination of the western states where stagecoach lines flourished, shedding light on the significant regional operators who played a pivotal role in their growth.

This book is sure to captivate individuals passionate about history. Specifically, those intrigued in learning more about the Wild West. Complete with well-curated maps and captivating visuals, the book further enriches the reading experience with citations and an informative appendix.


  • 8 1/2" 11"
  • 335 pages
  • Softcover





CHAPTER 1: Overland to the West

CHAPTER 2: Vehicles & Coach Building

CHAPTER 3: The Central Route

CHAPTER 4: John Butterfield  Overland Mail Company

CHAPTER 5: The Overland Trail

CHAPTER 6: William Russell & The Pony express

CHAPTER 7: Impact of the Telegraph

CHAPTER 8: David Butterfield's Overland Despatch

CHAPTER 9: The Holladay Overland Mail & Express Line

CHAPTER 10: Barlow & Sanderson

CHAPTER 11: The Santa Fe Trail

CHAPTER 12: Wells Fargo

CHAPTER 13: The 1864-66 Indian Wars

CHAPTER 14: California & the Pacific Coast-Regional Stagecoaches

CHAPTER 15: Texas

CHAPTER 16: Nebraska

CHAPTER 17: Colorado

CHAPTER 18: Kansas & Oklahoma 

CHAPTER 19: New Mexico

CHAPTER 20: Wyoming

CHAPTER 21: Dakota

CHAPTER 22: Idaho

CHAPTER 23: Montana

CHAPTER 24: Nevada

CHAPTER 25: Arizona

CHAPTER 26: The Utah, Gilmer & Salisbury Stage Line

CHAPTER 27: Stories, Stage Drivers & Legal Matters

CHAPTER 28: The Horseless Carriage 





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