Stage Fare $200 in Gold

In June 1907, when stagecoach travel was rapidly being replaced by the railroads, an old, yellowed handbill happened to surface. “Atchison, Kansas to San Francisco, California in 35 days; fare, only $200 in gold” read the heading. Issued by the Atchison and California stagecoach line in 1857, the handbill advertised the line’s Continue reading Stage Fare $200 in Gold

Extraordinary Charley Parkhurst

stagecoach sketchSo many legends surround the 19th century stage driver known as Charley Parkhurst that it’s difficult now to separate fact from fiction.  It was only after his death at age 67, toward the end of December 1879, that “he” was discovered to be a biological woman by friends who were preparing the body for burial–and stunned reports flashed across America. Some say her given name Continue reading Extraordinary Charley Parkhurst