Billie's Stagecoaches

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History...

The history of the stagecoach in the US started in 1827 with Concord. it cost over $1,200 to $1,500. The stagecoaches were used to transport people as well as goods. Most of them weighed no more than 1,800 lbs.

advantages...

transport passengers and goods inside.

Disadvantages...

Traveling in a crowded carriage was difficult. There was also little to protect the passenger from dirt and grime along the way. The inns provided little security and one could be attacked by a robber. Roads then were not that well paved. There were rules of conduct to be followed.

Inventor...

The history started with Concord. As the stagecoach gained popularity its service began to spread throughout the states. The Abbot Downing Company created over 40 kinds of carriages. Their base was New Hampshire. The company continued carriages and wagons until 1919. At its height the company employed 300 people.

How did it impact North Dakota?...

Russell Blakeley developed stagecoach lines from St. Cloud, Minn., to Fort Abercrombie, Breckenridge to Winnipeg, Manitoba and Bismarck to the Black Hills. He also provided steamship service from Fort Abercrombie to Winnipeg.

Importance to ND...

It brought travelers and settlers to what is now North Dakota.
"The Making of a Stagecoach Photo Shoot: Building the Coach"