Julian Stage Line Stage Wagon, circa 1900

Summary

If they couldn't go by railroad, Americans often traveled by stagecoach -- even into the early 20th century. Stage lines moved their vehicles in "stages" with continual relays of fresh horses. Open-sided wagons were lighter and less expensive than closed coaches, with canvas curtains that protected passengers from bad weather. The Julian Stage Line operated in San Diego County, California.

If they couldn't go by railroad, Americans often traveled by stagecoach -- even into the early 20th century. Stage lines moved their vehicles in "stages" with continual relays of fresh horses. Open-sided wagons were lighter and less expensive than closed coaches, with canvas curtains that protected passengers from bad weather. The Julian Stage Line operated in San Diego County, California.

Artifact

Stage wagon

Date Made

circa 1900

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

36.520.188

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Canvas
Leather
Paint (Coating)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)
Green
Gold (Color)
Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 113.25 in

Width: 75 in

Length: 158 in

Wheelbase: 81 in

Diameter: 44.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 50.5 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Inscriptions

Painted in gold leaf on each side of the driver's seat: U. S. MAIL / JULIAN / STAGE / LINE

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