Ashten Anhorn P.2


Crude coaches were built from the 16th century. Without suspension the coaches were very slow on poor quality roads. By the 17th century a basic stagecoach infrastructure had been put into place. The stagecoaches would depart every Monday and Thursday, it took up to 10 days to make the journey in the summer months. They became adopted for travel in and around London. They traveled a few miles per hour. By the end of the 17th century stagecoaches ran up and down the three main roads in England. By the 18th century the stagecoaches were improved for better travel. They improved by adding spoke wheels with iron rim brakes. In 1754 created a new coach called the "Flying Coach." Three years later a new coach was made using steel spring suspension. This coach took three days to reach London traveling 8 miles per hour.


-Get farmers produce to the market quicker

-Could delivered mail across North America continent from the Missouri River, to the Pacific Coast

-Great scenery and wonderful adventure

-Could transport up to four to nine passengers


-If bad weather or bad routes the trip was very uncomfortable

-If going on narrow mountain, you are required to get out and walk

-The person riding on the top is in risk of getting hurt, because they are the "look outs"

-Dusty and dirty


The Abbot Downing Company created over 40 kinds of carriages. Their base of the company was in New Hampshire. The company continued to making carriages and wagons until 1919.

Impact North Dakota

It made it easier to travel goods and services up North. Also in Medora they use stagecoaches as tourist attractions.

Importance to Settling the West

It brought people to the west. It would carry goods such as produce and mail. It was much safer because of the enclosure around the stagecoach.
Our South Dakota - Kittie, The Deadwood-Medora Stagecoach