Thursday Doors this week is from our recent trip to Kansas. This is a beautifully restored stagecoach that is on the grounds of Fort Larned.
I don’t know the make of this coach, but history tells the story that the first stagecoaches were made in Concord, New Hampshire, in the 1820’s. In the mid 1860’s, the overland stagecoach route west of the Missouri River covered 2,500 miles from Nebraska to California and from Idaho to Arizona.
Teams of four or six horses pulled a coach at an average speed of five miles per hour, stopping every twelve miles to change horses, and every forty-five miles to let the passengers and driver eat a quick meal.
Can you imagine riding in this for days at a time, food available every nine hours, and that canvas door being the only thing between you and hostile Native American Indians?
Stayed tuned because next week’s doors will include the pristine and historic grounds of Fort Larned. I do love the history of settling this Nation and hope you do too. 🙂
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