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Posted By: Dick Johnson
Posted On: Monday December 2, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Just a little history, enjoy,

TALLY-HO Observation Coach, 1889. At least 18 well-dressed passengers were aboard the tally-ho coach, pulled by four horses. The brake lever was at the driver’s right. Most tally-ho coaches had bench seats on top, so this coach may have been used primarily for short commutes. Seats atop the roof were the most desired for sight-seeing.
The affluent passengers from Sioux City (Iowa) had previously traveled about 500 miles, not in this coach, to enjoy the warm pools and luxurious resort facilities at Hot Springs, South Dakota. John C. H. Grabill submitted the photo and 187 others to the USA Library of Congress for copyright protection. Grabill's photographic career was short, from about 1885 to perhaps 1895. Reportedly, syphilis and mercury poisoning from gold mining activities caused his mental deterioration. — in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

TALLY-HO, 1907. Driver Johnny Reynolds and the six-horse tally-ho observational coach could transport 20 or more passengers from the Northern Pacific Depot at Gardiner (Montana) to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, a five mile trip. The cabin was open, seats faced forward. Seats at the top were prized.

The superb tally-ho coaches were built by Abbot-Downing Co. of New Hampshire. The cabin was secured to the undercarriage by 3-inch-thick leather thorough-braces, smoothing the ride. Coach weight was perhaps 2400 pounds or so. By 1917, cars and buses were gaining dominance.

See the first comment below the main image for a fun photo of a four-horse observational wagon fording a stream. Click photo to enlarge/clarify. — in Gardiner, Montana.

DEADWOOD-MILES CITY Stagecoach, 1913. Oddly, both Deadwood (South Dakota) and Miles City (Montana) owe their founding to George Armstrong Custer. After Custer’s 1874 announcement of gold being found, the Black Hills Gold Rush brought large numbers of miners, entrepreneurs, and outlaws to the area. Custer’s 1876 annihilation at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in eastern Montana prompted the federal government to build Fort Keogh. Miles City was started when fort commander Nelson A. Miles booted sellers of alcohol off military land.

Stage service on the 210-miles route was established in 1880. The stagecoach is at Miles City’s Range Riders Museum, after decades at the town’s Milwaukee Depot. The photo was taken at the parade for the first Miles City Round-up, which became a large professional rodeo. — in Miles City, Montana.

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Just a little history, enjoy, by Dick Johnson #45462
Pic: Way too young to remember "Stage Coach's" but lived most mornings looking forward to by Bruce Parsons #45462.1
Do you see what I see....... by John Bono #45462.2
Yep - wonder if these gals were fresh recruits to a mining town (but no syphilis) (EOM) by Ron Dietrich #45462.2.1
yeeeehaaaa........ (EOM) by Joop Gisbers #45462.3
Lol. You guys just turned a lovely group holiday by stage into a shipment of diseased hookers! (EOM) by Jack Dodds #45462.4

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