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History of Stagecoach:


A stagecoach is a four wheeled, typically very sturdy, horse-drawn coach designed for use in long-haul journeys. Stagecoaches were classically pulled by teams of four or more horses, allowing them to carry a heavy load of both passengers and cargo. The use of stagecoaches began in Europe around the 1600s, and persisted in the United States through the 1800s. Many people associate the stagecoach with the American West, but in fact, various forms of the stagecoach were in use all over the world, from Asia to South America.


  • Nobody would have to travel alone; Safer
  • Wouldn't have the responsibility of navigating the ride; Relax
  • Would carry people's mail from place to place; Would get your mail
  • Had a place to put your possessions; Could bring more along


  • Uncomfortable because of the treturous roads
  • Hard to sleep because of the roads and you had to sleep sitting up
  • Threat of Indian attacks
  • Could get robbed by bandits

Inventor: John Darlwin created it on September 21, 1763

How it impacted North Dakota:

The stagecoach is very responsible for bringing travelers and settlers to what is now North Dakota, prior to the coming of the railroad, also was one of the men most public in his support of women's suffrage during the later 1860s.

Importance to Settling in the West:

As the railroad continued to push westward, stagecoach service became less and less in demand. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869,transcontinental stage-coaching came to an end. However, this was not the end of the stagecoach, as it continued to be utilized in areas without railroad service for several more decades. In the end, it was actually, the introduction of the automobile that led to the end of the stagecoach in the early 1900's.

Stagecoaches and the Beginnings of Contract Mail Delivery