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Catalog Number 2007.030
Description Mudwagon Stagecoach, c. 1800. Fully restored mud wagon is painted red with white canvas top, gray cloth cushioned seats and black leather sides to front luggage compartment. Carriage was completely reupholstered in period brown leather for 2012 gallery renovation. An additional back luggage compartment is comprised of five wooden posts mounted to a hinge at base of carriage and hung open by two chains. Wooden carriage is painted red with yellow 16-spoke wheels, the back of which are larger than the font, and a yellow painted horse tree. Interior has three bench seats and there is a divided bench seat in front for driver and person riding shotgun.
Object Name Stagecoach
Collection 3D - Land Transportation Tools & Equipment
Title Mudwagon Stagecoach, c. 1800
Date c. 1800
Inscription Text N/A
Provenance Mudwagon Stagecoach used on the La Honda Line in San Mateo County. Interactive exhibit at the San Mateo County History Museum where visitors are allowed to climb inside.
Notes Mud wagons were the first stagecoaches in San Mateo County. Having tops and sides covered with canvas, the mud wagon traveled on bad roads that heavier vehicles could not. As roads on the Peninsula improved, Concord Coaches appeared. With hard sides and tops, passengers had a more comfortable ride in the larger and more elaborate vehicle. Wells Fargo bought hundreds of Abbot and Downing Concord Coaches for use in the West.
[SMCHA 8/5/2012]
Dimensions H-91 W-63.5 D-133 inches
Search Terms Carriage
La Honda
Stage Lines
Transportation Technology
Subjects Stagecoaches