Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Posts From the Road - Stagecoach Rules

This listing of rules for Stage Coach Passengers was found in a very old Durango, Colorado Newspaper.

1. If the stage team runs away or you are pursued by Indians, stay in the coach and take your chances. Don't jump out, for you will be either injured or scalped.

That's OK, he'll buff out.

2. In cold weather, abstain from liquor, for you are subject to freezing quicker if under the influence than if you were cold sober. But if you are drinking from a bottle, pass it around. It is the only polite thing to do.

3. Don't smoke a strong cigar or pipe on the state especially when women and children are present. If chewing tobacco, spit to the leeward side.

4. Don't swear, snore or lop over on neighbors when sleeping. Let others share the buffalo robes provided in cold weather.

Buffalo robes are not to be confused with the Buffalo Snuggie

5. Don't shoot firearms for pleasure while enroute, as it scares the horses.
6. Don't grease hair with bear grease as travel is very dusty.
7. Don't discuss politics or religion.

8. Don't point out sites where robberies have taken place.9. And don't imagine you are going on a picnic, for stage travel is inconvenient.You all travel safe now!


  1. "But if you are drinking from a bottle, pass it around. It is the only polite thing to do."- Unless it's the cheap stuff. That you can keep for yourself! :)

  2. AHHH yes - the good old days!


  3. Well, #4 and 7 are always good advice and #9 hasn't changed any if you're traveling by commercial airlines. I've already given up the bear grease hairdressing though.

  4. Six-Horse Hitch by Janice Holt Giles is a good introduction to stagecoaches, and a fun read.

  5. Might have gotten to work quicker this morning by coach... sigh


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