Thursday, September 7, 2017
Stagecoaches, Could You Travel in One?
1. "Good grief, just look at them! I'm not getting into a stagecoach with those guys!"
2. "So long as I had a gun ..."
3. "Those guys probably stink, so a perfumed hankie would be a must."
4. "Sign me on! I'm sure one of those fellows would be a charmer and fun to chat with!"
5. And my personal favorite: "One is probably a flirt and very charismatic but shows complete respect because his mama raised him to protect and cherish women. Another thinks all women are silly, useless creatures and looks down his nose at them. The third fellow is hiding something. Sounds like a fun ride! All aboard!
It's a good thing some of us were not born in the 1800's!
Then we talked about the horses, how far a team could travel in a day. About thirty miles, walking most of that, with short breaks here and there. I myself have ridden twenty miles in a day with no problem. A fit horse can travel farther.
Then came the question of what to do if the stage got robbed. As calling 911 was not an option, other things came up. Like, yelling "help" very loudly. Along with "Shoot the varmints!" And of course, everyone came up with which favorite book hero they'd like to be rescued by! But back in the day, Brother Whip (the stagecoach driver) would have to take care of things and hopefully got some help from courageous passengers.
Drivers were called various names. Brother Whip was one, or just Whip. If a driver drove a freight wagon with oxen, he was often called a Bull-Whacker.
Stage coaches were operated across Europe and North America. The coach would travel between stops called "stages" where passengers could get food and drink and the horses could be changed out for a fresh team. That's how the term stagecoach came about.
After talking with readers for an hour on the subject of stagecoach travel, many of us decided to steer clear of time machines that might whisk us back to those days of dust, stagecoach robbers, oddball passengers and lack of motion sickness pills! I suddenly find myself in the mood to go car shopping...
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