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Stagecoach West by Ralph Moody
Book Description"The two decades between the California gold rush and the golden-spike ceremony in Utah comprised the golden age of stagecoaching in America. Around this sure-fire theme Ralph Moody has woven an accurate and colorful tapestry". ("Journal of American History"). "Step aboard [Moody's] coach and take a rollicking ride through prime Americana". (Mark L. Gardner, from the introduction). "Stagecoach West" is a comprehensive history of stagecoaching west of the Missouri. Starting with the evolution of overland passenger transportation, Moody moves on to paint a lively and informative picture of western stagecoaching, from its early short runs through its rise with the gold rush, its zenith of 1858-68, and beyond. Its story is one of grand rivalries, political chicanery, and gaudy publicity stunts, traders, fortune hunters, outlaws, courageous drivers, and indefatigable detectives. We meet colorful characters such as Charlie Parkhurst, a stagecoach driver who took an amazing secret to his death: "he" was actually a woman. Using contemporary accounts, illustrations, maps, and photographs to flesh out his narrative, Moody creates one of the most important accounts of transportation history to date. Ralph Moody is best known for his eight Little Britches books, which have delighted three generations of readers. Introducer Mark L. Gardner is the author of "Brothers on the Santa Fe and Chihuahua Trails" and the forthcoming "Wagons for the Santa Fe Trade".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803282452
(152mm x 229mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ralph Moody
Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier, Paperback (March 2005)
Adventures of the Western hero Kit Carson.
Riders of the Pony Express, Paperback (September 2004)
Prior to the Civil War, the fastest mail between the West Coast and the East took almost thirty days by stagecoach. Then businessman William Russell invested in a way to deliver mail between San Francisco and the farthest western railroad. This is an account of the eighteen months that the Pony Express operated between April 1860 and October 1861.
American Horses, Paperback (August 2004)
Based on research, this book tells the stories of the origins of the Morgan, the Standardbred, the American Saddle Horse, and the Tennessee Walking Horse as well as their progenitors - Figure, Messenger, Lady Suffolk, Cockspur, Denmark, Tom Hal, Copperbottom, and Roan Allen - and the breeders and fanciers who recognized their special qualities.
Dry Divide, Paperback (June 1994)» View all books by Ralph Moody
Ralph Moody, just turned twenty, had only a dime in his pocket when he was put off a freight in western Nebraska. It was the Fourth of July in 1919. Three months later he owned eight teams of horses and rigs to go with them. This work illustrates the old-time virtues of hard work ingenuity, and respect for others.
US Kirkus Review » For the better part of his text, Moody employs a scholarly rather than colorful attack upon the birth, proliferation and demise of the stagecoach in the golden West. And gold is what it was all about. Greatest impetus to the setting up of stage lines between the Mississippi and California was the gold rush of '49, plus the annexing of the new territory taken by the States during the Mexican War. Miners wanted to get to those gold fields pronto. And once some gold was panned, they wanted their dust taken for safe deposit in a bank. Stageline millionaires were made overnight, and then the greatest plum of all was open to the growing industry: giant mail contracts from the government. Moody enjoys rehearsing the physical development of coaches and their adaptation to various terrains and jobs, but an enormous amount of his material is taken up with financing of the lines (perhaps because this was what was most widely recorded in newspapers). Famous drivers and infamous bandits are anecdotalized, as well as battles against the elements and Indians. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ralph Moody
Ralph Moody is best known for his eight Little Britches books, which have delighted three generations of readers.Introducer Mark L. Gardner is the author of Brothers on the SantaFe and Chihuahua Trails and Wagons for the Santa Fe Trade."
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