Concord Coaches & Stage Coaches Photos

Most Western movies ever made show the stage coach racing from town to town, often chased by bandits or Indians. What most people do not realize is that these buses of the old west were made in Concord, NH, loaded by the hundreds onto railway flat cars & shipped west by Abbot, Downing & Co. run by J. Stephen Abbot, coach designer, & Lewis Downing, wheelwright. The coaches had a suspension of leather straps slung on the undercarriage to provide some relief from the shock of rough roads. The drivers' seat protected valuable cargos like strong boxes. Concord coaches were literally works of art with most having landscapes painted on the doors. The biggest user of the Concord Coach was Wells Fargo & Company. Of course, there were other brands of stage coach beside the Concord model.

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Wells Fargo & Company Concord coach in lobby of Wells Fargo Center. Sacramento, CA.Painting of California coastline on door of Wells Fargo & Company Concord coach in lobby of Wells Fargo Center. Sacramento, CA.Lobby of Wells Fargo Center with displays of Wells Fargo & Company history including Concord coach. Sacramento, CA.Painting of Concord coaches loaded on railway flatcars being transported to the American West at Wells Fargo Museum. Sacramento, CA.
Wells Fargo & Company Concord coach in lobby of Wells Fargo Center. Sacramento, CA.Painting of California coastline on door of Wells Fargo & Company Concord coach in lobby of Wells Fargo Center. Sacramento, CA.Lobby of Wells Fargo Center with displays of Wells Fargo & Company history including Concord coach. Sacramento, CA.Painting of Concord coaches loaded on railway flatcars being transported to the American West at Wells Fargo Museum. Sacramento, CA.
Wells Fargo Express Office where stage coaches once stopped. Columbia, CA.Concord Coach at Museum of Science & Industry. Chicago, IL.Painting of men with horses on side of Concord Coach at Museum of Science & Industry. Chicago, IL.Concord Stage at Kentucky Horse Park Museum. Lexington, KY.
Wells Fargo Express Office (1858) where stage coaches once stopped. Columbia, CA.Concord Coach at Museum of Science & Industry. Chicago, IL.Painting of men with horses on side of Concord Coach at Museum of Science & Industry. Chicago, IL.Concord Stage & other horse history at Kentucky Horse Park Museum. Lexington, KY.
Wells Fargo concord stage by Abbot, Downing & Co. Carriage & Coach Builders of Concord, NH, used for circus performances until 1940s at Circus World Museum. Baraboo, WI.Concord Coach at Henry Ford Museum. Dearborn, MI.Painted scene on side of Concord Coach at Henry Ford Museum. Dearborn, MI.Concord Coach at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.
Wells Fargo concord stage (1865) by Abbot, Downing & Co. Carriage & Coach Builders of Concord, NH, used for circus performances until 1940s at Circus World Museum. Baraboo, WI.Concord Coach (c1865) at Henry Ford Museum. Dearborn, MI.Painted scene on side of Concord Coach at Henry Ford Museum. Dearborn, MI.Concord Coach (1835-85) at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.
Concord overland stage at Kearney Arch. Kearney, NE.Stage coach in Museum of American West. Los Angeles, CA.Rancho del Cielo tooled cowhide art of scenes from old west including an attack on a stage coach by Kazuyuki Nakajima at Reagan Museum. Simi Valley, CA.Stage coach used between Detroit & Chicago at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.
Concord overland stage at Kearney Arch. Kearney, NE.Stage coach in Museum of American West. Los Angeles, CA.Rancho del Cielo tooled cowhide art of scenes from old west including an attack on a stage coach by Kazuyuki Nakajima at Reagan Museum. Simi Valley, CA.Stage coach (1850) used between Detroit & Chicago at Warp Pioneer Village. Minden, NE.
Stage coach with leather strap suspension nicknamed Two Horse Jerky at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.


Stage coach (1850s) with leather strap suspension nicknamed Two Horse Jerky at Historical Museum of Iowa. Des Moines, IA.



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