Staging Founder James Birch

Staging didn’t exist in California before the Gold Rush lured tens of thousands of fortune-hunters west. James E. Birch, an experienced stage driver in Rhode Island before coming to California in 1849 as one of those thousands of eager gold-seekers, founded the first stage service. At Sacramento City he observed Continue reading Staging Founder James Birch

The Stagecoach Comes to California

The California Gold Rush revived the stagecoach industry, which was waning in New England by the end of the 1840s due to a regularly scheduled, sophisticated system of steamboat transport and the spread of eastern railroads. Professional stage men headed west with the gold-rushers, because the stagecoach was the Continue reading The Stagecoach Comes to California