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First Mail West: Stagecoach Lines on the…

First Mail West: Stagecoach Lines on the Santa Fe Trail

by Morris F. Taylor

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First published in 1971 and now reissued in paperback for the first time, First Mail West recounts the colorful history of stagecoach lines on the Santa Fe Trail during the height of overland traffic from 1850 to 1879. Desert, rain, snow, wind, outlaws, Indians, buffalo stampedes, and business competitors challenged, and sometimes scuttled, the operation of stage lines between Missouri and New Mexico. The author describes the topography, roads, rolling stock, stations, accommodations, and natural and human dangers along the trail, and analyzes the fierce competition between independent lines for passenger traffic and federal mail contracts.

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