Abbot-Downing Concord Coach Updates III

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LOCATION UNKNOWN - Photo courtesy of New York Public Library


February 13, 2005

On this date in 1849 fire destroyed all but the blacksmith shop of the Abbot-Downing coach factory in Concord, NH.  It was rebuilt.


Click on above for information on horse-drawn vehicle publications available from the Carriage Museum of America Library.

February 11, 2005


This photograph shows the first public use of the viaduct located in Oneonta, New York on August 15, 1904.  This coach with Arthur Coy as the driver and Village President Joseph Lunn and George Wiber, was the first to traverse this span.

February 10, 2005


Click on above for information on purchasing an Abbot-Downing reproduction of a Concord Coach.

February 6, 2005

To view the Abbot-Downing Concord Coach at Paul Smith's College in New York click on and click #35 on the directory.

February 5, 2005


This Abbot-Downing Concord Coach is in the collection of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain, New York.

February 2, 2005



January 16, 2005


January 8, 2005
The January 2004 issue of the Carriage Journal, a publication of the Carriage Association of America, has an article on Abbot-Downing Concord Coach #84.  Info on this Coach is on one of my previous pages. This is the coach in the collection of the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.


                 Heerlen, Netherlands

December 21, 2004
Information coming up on the death of Chris van Tilburg and the disbursement of his carriage collection including the Abbot-Downing Concord Coach he purchased from an individual in Concord, NH.

December 20, 2004


In the collection of the New Hampshire Historical Society are a gold-headed cane which was presented to Hiram Rolfe by the Abbot-Downing Company in 1893, upon completion of fifty years of service; and a whip given in 1869 to E. K. Cox, White Mountain stage driver, by President Grant on the occasion of his visit to New Hampshire.

The cane is shown in this photograph during the parade in which the Concord Coach is given to the New Hampshire Historical Society.

December 19, 2004


This photograph was found in the state of Maine.

December 13, 2004
Be on the lookout for the Historical New Hampshire Vol. XIII - December 1957 - New Hampshire Historical Society Quarterly which highlights the delivery of their Abbot-Downing Concord Coach to their NH Historical Society building with a grand parade down main street in Concord, New Hampshire.

A limited edition Christopher Radko ornament depicting the Concord Coach on one side and the Old Man of the Mountain - both well known New Hampshire symbols - is available in the gift shop of the Concord Hospital - Concord, NH - Cost - $40.00

November 25, 2004


Sacandaga, NY Stagecoach


The photo above shows the Jefferson via Sanitarium & Rutland Stagecoach in front of the Eagle Lake House and Tavern operated by William Nawn, Sr. in the Jefferson Village of Holden, Massachusetts. The tuberculosis sanitarium which opened in 1898 was located just outside Rutland, Ma.



To see this Abbot-Downing Concord Coach as it appears today - click on this link.

November 11, 2004


If you are interested in purchasing a NH Crossroads Classic Video featuring the world famous Abbot-Downing Concord Coach click on below and scroll to the bottom of the page.  You are looking for episode 2023C.

NH Crossroads Classic Videos

November 8, 2004



November 1, 2004




The photos above show the Abbot-Downing Concord Coach that is presently in the collection of the New London NH Historical Society.  These photos were taken at a pageant in 1929.

October 29, 2004


The Spofford Lake and Keene Stagecoach - Keene, New Hampshire. Photo courtesy of Janet Ball.


According to the Abbot-Downing order books, fourteen Concord Coaches were shipped to the state of Kentucky. This Abbot-Downing Concord Coach was ordered on June 11, 1896 by O. H. Burton.  The order was for a six passenger inside coach with 3 seats for 2 on a seat.  The lettering on the coach was to be Monticello & Burnside.
A photo of the coach prior to shipment was taken in the Abbot-Downing yard.  I'll try to get a copy of that photo.


The New Hampshire Historical Society is hoping to receive a grant in the near future to convert the glass negatives of these coaches to photographic prints. Hope they are successful.

The Abbot-Downing Concord Coach is now in the collection of the Wells Fargo Bank.  You can see the Concord Coach #599 ordered by O. H. Burton in their museum in Los Angeles.  The coach still carries its original paint and finishes.


Photo of Coach #599 at the Wells Fargo Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Super information on the Concord Coach #599

Check out the reproduction and further information on the Burton/Burnside Concord Coach. Click on Commemorative Ride.


In 1899 the Abbot-Downing Company received a cable order from Peru, South America for a large 12-passenger six-horse stage coach, a duplicate of one that was in the process of being built for this party.  They were to be built very strong and heavy, with large safes under each inside end seats, for the purpose of carrying silver bullion and other valuable material. The first one was expected to be shipped the following April and the second in the month of May.


In 1976 Old Mr. Boston Distillers Corp. issued a Concord Coach commemorative decanter sponsored by the State Liquor Commission for exclusive New Hampshire Distribution.  The decanter comes with a pamphlet written by Leon W. Anderson and includes photos of  Edward Rowse and August A. Busch, Jr. accepting the gift of an Abbot-Downing Concord Coach.
These decanters come up for sale on ebay.  Watch for them.

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