Saturday, October 1, 2011

Stagecoaching in Eastern New York

Northern Post, Salem, N.Y., August 11, 1808

Albany Gazette, September 12, 1811

            MAIL STAGE,
    From Albany to Niagara Falls.
   Leaves Albany every morning, at 4 o'clock A.M. and arrives at Utica the same day at 7 P.M. Leaves Utica every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 4 A.M. and arrives at Geneva and Canandaigua the following days. Leaves Canandaigua every Monday and Friday morning, and arrives at Buffalo the following day - and returns in like manner.
      FARE - From Albany to Utica,                $5.50
                    From Utica to Geneva,               5.00
                    From Utica to Canandaigua,      5.75
                    From Canandaigua to Buffalo,
                     6 cts. per mile.
   The subscribers having formed themselves into a company for the purpose of running a Stage on the above mentioned route, solicit the patronage of the public. The proprietors of this line are so well known, that the traveller may rest confident that the best horses and carriages will be employed, with careful and trusty drivers, and that nothing shall be wanting to add to the comfort and convenience of the passenger.
   Seats may be taken at Dunn's Tavern, Green-Street, Albany; at Powell's Coffee-House, Schenectady; and at Bagg's Tavern, Utica.
        PARKER and POWELL,
        HOSMERS &  Co. LANDEN & Co.

Geneva Gazette
Wed., June 12, 1816

Johnstown (N.Y.) Republican, August 23, 1820

   Expert Driving: - The following is one of the most remarkable instances of presence of mind that we ever heard: - 
   As one of the stages belonging to Mr. Powell, was on the way from Utica to Albany, about two weeks since, and was on the point of turning a curve of the road, which was dug from the edge of the bank of the river (a short distance below Palatine Bridge,) on the summit of a hill, and very narrow, it was met by a six horse team, which was passing diagonally across the road, in order to ascend the hill with less difficulty.
   The horses on the stage were going at a round trot, and came in contact with those of the large wagon on the lower side, and in such a manner that it was impossible for the driver to stop the horses quickly enough to prevent the stage interlocking with the large wagon, and inevitably overturned down the bank of the river which was very steep, and descending about thirty feet. At this juncture the driver very promptly wheeled his leaders, gave them the whip, and drove in a straight line down the bank into the river, which at this place was quite shallow.
   This act in all probability, saved the lives of the passengers, and the horses. Maj. Gen. Scott, of the U.S. Army, who was one of the passengers, immediately presented him with five dollars, as a reward for his great resolution of mind, and skill as a driver.

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