Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chicken Dinner: Stagecoach, Butch Cassidy, and an Avalanche

We complain about airline conditions—the crowding, the poor or no food, the delays—but we’d really be whining if we had to make a long-distance journey in a stagecoach.  Sometimes there were many more passengers than seats (which were very small) and people rode on top, in the back, and with the driver, besides in the coach.

This week, Laura Robinson wrote an article for Sweethearts of the West about stagecoach travel, and you can get more information right here on Romancing The West from Paty Jager’s article.

Check out some cool old wagons plus some buildings that were frequented by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:

From The Owyhee Avalanche, February 24, 1872 (reprinted February 22, 2012):
A BIG SNOW SLIDE. Last Sunday an immense body of snow slid from the summit of Florida Mountain down Black Rock Gulch, below Ruby City, covering the road to a depth of 30 or 40 feet and filling up the bed of Jordan Creek at that point. Some two or three old cabins along the creek were buried beneath it, but it is not known whether or not anybody was in them, although some Chinese miners were living there a short time ago.
You're not gonna want to miss next week's featured author: Caroline Clemmons!

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