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Visual Evidence

Image 2: The Stagecoach

Early stagecoaches were modified wagons with three broad boards for seats that carried nine people. 

Stagecoaches carried travelers of every description, from presidents and congressmen to peddlers and the average American. Early stagecoaches were modified wagons with three broad boards for seats that carried nine people. Passengers faced forward and entered the coach by scrambling over the seats. Later Troy and Concord style stagecoaches rested on leather straps that smoothed the ride considerably and seated nine people inside and two lucky riders outside. The coaches were brightly painted and carried colorful names like Keystone, Henry Clay, and Ivanhoe. They had plush interiors with leather curtains to keep out the dust and rain. They weighed between 1,400 and 2,250 pounds and were built to handle four, six, or nine passengers at a cost of $600, $800 and $1,000 respectively. This is a reproduction stagecoach on display at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

 
Questions for Image 2:
 
 
  1. Where did the driver sit?  Do you think it was comfortable for him to drive the stagecoach?

  2. Identify the different features of the stagecoach and explain the purpose of each?

  3. How is the stagecoach different from the cars we ride in today?

  4. Do you think it was easier for a horse to pull a railroad car, stagecoach, or wagon?
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