Modoc Stagecoach


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The origin of the name "MODOC" is somewhat obscure. One account says that the coach was built in 1849, that it and a sister coach, the "MOHAWK" were sent from Concord, New Hampshire, around the Horn to California for use by the Pioneer Express Company, which was later absorbed by Wells Fargo & Company.

In 1903, a sister-in-law of John Kinnear wrote that the name was derived from early use of the coach in Modoc County, California. Both accounts agree that at one time it ran between Sacramento and Carson City (and/or Virginia City), Nevada. According to legend, it was in the Modoc that Horace Greely made his famous trip from Carson City to Sacramento, with the redoubtable Hank Monk driving. The Modoc had been held up and its treasure stolen "more times than any other stage that ever ran in the West"; and three drivers had been shot from its boot, the last on the Tombstone- Benson run.

The Modoc was in general service on the Tombstone road from the time Sandy Bob brought it to Arizona until 1895. It was semi-retired in that year because of a dwindling number of passengers and there­ after used only on special occasions.

This Modoc stagecoach is on dislay in the Transportation Building of the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott.

Source: Peterson Sandy Bob thesis.pdf.


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