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ONE DEADWOOD STAGE????
There was in fact more than one coach on the Deadwood-Laramie-Cheyenne
route, but Buffalo Bill popularized the one he owned, creating the myth that only one Deadwood Coach existed.
In the early 1860s, Abbot-Downing shipped two coaches
costing $600 to California by ship around Cape Horn. They reached California six months later and were placed in storage
as they were never claimed. They were eventually auctioned for $2500 each - IN GOLD!
The demolition of most of the Abbot-Downing Company
buildings occurred in 1971. The NH Historical Society has photos as they appeared in 1965 and again in 1971.
In 1979, through the diligence of the Concord Coach Society and the City
of Concord, the State of New Hampshire erected an Historical Marker located in front of where the complex was located.
Located on South Main Street, Concord, NH in front
of the former location of the factory. Look for "Concord Cleaners!!" A minor portion of the factory still exists
September 27, 2004
SAINT PAUL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Concord, New Hampshire
In 1984 the church suffered major damage from an arson set fire. One of the items that
survived was an unusual brass Eagle Lectern that was given by the Abbot Family in memory of J. Stephens Abbot and Mrs. Grace
Stevens Abbot. Another eagle Lectern is in the Cathedral of St. John Divine, New York, and that one is a replica of
an ancient Lectern discovered in a lake near St. Alban's Cathedral in England.
This stagecoach is shown in front of the McMillan House.
The stagecoach is decorated for one of the many stagecoach parades held by the grand hotels located in the White Mountains
of New Hampshire.
September 12, 2004
It's time to reveal the location of the mystery photo. Check out
the details below.
Just for fun - can you guess the location of
this Stagecoach and where they are off to? Info at a later date!
Here is the answer.
A stage coach with Chinese miners. They visit the Chinese section
of the Avaca cemetery in South Australia with a unique burial cairn for a Chinese miner in the 1850's.
Check out the new photo of the Abbot-Downing
at the Booth Western Art Museum referenced earlier on my pages.
Booth Western Art Museum
In August of 1869 Edmund Cox, the most daring coachman
in the White Mountains of New Hampshire took President Ulysses Grant on a wild ride from Bethlehem NH to the Profile House
in Franconia Notch. For the bumpy 11-mile ride President Grant joined Cox atop the Concord Coach.
I am seeking a photo of this event and if I find it I will share it with
Finally, found it. Click on Updates VIII for further information.
August 15, 2004
Every once in awhile a copy of the anthology of newspaper
clippings relating to California history between 1822-1888 compiled by Mae Helene Bacon Boggs comes on the market.
It contains wonderful stories of stagecoach lines, stagecoaches, robberies,
MY PLAYHOUSE WAS A CONCORD COACH is a 760 page book that will keep you
busy - busy - busy. You will not be able to put it down.
Unfortunately, if you can find an available copy you have to be prepared
to pay between $500 and $650.
This is one hard book to read - because it seems to weigh a ton!!
Seek it out at a University Library near you. Good luck!
August 10, 2004
Check out the photo below of a stagecoach in Pelham, New York.
July 31, 2004
Check out this photo of the Concord Coach once located in Marshfield, Massachusetts
The Abbot-Downing Concord Coach purchased by Curtis C. Clark
of Bethlehem, NH
LEWIS DOWNING TRUST, ETC.
The Wolfe Tavern Stage Coach, State Street, Newburyport, MA
This stagecoach was used by W. H. Merrill to carry U.S. Mail and passengers from Newburyport
This photograph was taken at the Country Club in Montpelier, VT.
Hanover, New Hampshire
This postcard recently issued shows the Poland Springs
House Stagecoach built by Abbot-Downing.
This Concord Coach was used for many years to carry passengers between Francestown and Greenfield,
NH as well as over other lines in New Hampshire.
Abbot-Downing Concord Coaches were shipped
around the world!
Abbot-Downing Concord Coaches were sent to Melbourne - New
South Wales and Adelaide.
Bolivia - Orders were received from Cochabamba for Concord
Concord Coaches were shipped to the following:
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Barrington, Nova Scotia
Frederickton, New Brunswick
Queens Park, Toronto
Russell House, Ottawa
St. Leon Springs, Quebec
South Hamilton, Ontario
Chile - Coaches were shipped to Talchuan, Tome
Coaches were sent to London and Portsmouth Hauts
Shipments to Chihuahua, Leon and Vera Cruz
Stagecoach shipped to Dunedin
Unfortunately the books do not list where in Peru the coach was
The coach that was sent to Salisbury appears on my site.
Abbot-Downing Concord Coaches were sent to the following locations:
An Abbot-Downing Concord Coach was shipped to Victoria
October 1, 2004 I will begin listing Abbot-Downing
shipments across America. They will be listed alphabetically by state. Look for it.