Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
In 1958, Dr. Evan and Lois Kackley donated the Yellowstone Coach to the City of Soda Springs. According to Dr. Kackley's written letters to the city council he stated, "This particular coach was used to carry Pres. Theodore Roosevelt and the great naturalists John Muir and John Burroughs on this well publicized park tour (in) 1903. These three gentlemen were fathers of conservation in the United States. The presidential entourage traveled with a U.S. Army Calvary escort, stationed at the time in the Yellowstone area."
The construction of stagecoaches began to form around 1824. Abbott-Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire manufactured forty types of carriages, but is remembered primarily for their western coaches, one of which is the Tally-Ho. Stagecoaches were used for public transportation until the early 1900's. There was a large variation of coaches due to their intended uses. Concord coaches, mud wagon, and the Tally-Ho were all built with varied construction, with the same undercarriage of leather and of different sizes and weight.
The Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872. The Yellowstone Tally-Ho
For Eastern visitors, the park was reached by two routes. The more common route was by Union Pacific Railroad to Corinne, Utah, where they would go by stagecoach north to Bozeman or Virginia City, Montana. The Wells Fargo & Company was one company that ran daily stages 438 miles to Virginia City. The less popular route was the Missouri River to Fort Benton. These routes became shorter as the railroad expanded north to Eagle Rock (Idaho Falls) and over Monida Pass to the Red Rock Station. Park coaches were used to shuttle passengers from these over-land stage stops to the Mammoth Hotel at the north entrance to Yellowstone Park. By 1909 the Yellowstone National Park Transportation Company with yellow coaches was one of three major transportation companies operating in the park.
In the summer of 2004, the City of Soda Springs Council hired Dar Weaver to restore the coach. During that fall the Soda Springs Bingo Committee provided funds and hired Lott Builders to construct an enclosed shelter in the city park for displaying the coach. The north wall is covered with Yellowstone Park scenes painted by Neva Harrison. The Tally-Ho Coach House and History signage were made by Daphne Allen of Rock Mountain Signworks.
A Special thanks goes out to all the Bingo players that made this project become reality.
Erected by City of Soda Springs.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural Features • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list.
Location. 42° 39.293′ N, 111° 36.145′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31 East 2nd Street South, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Conda Mine - A phosphate fortune unearthed (a few steps from this marker); Memories of Conda - a company community (within shouting distance of this marker); Hooper Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Ellis Kackley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Patrick Edward Connor (about 300 feet away); The Dinkey Engine (about 600 feet away); Brigham Young Summer Home (about 700 feet away); A Grand Vision (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Corrigan (City) Park.
Also see . . . A Longtime Tradition - Yellowstone National Park Lodges. Although Yellowstone Park was established in 1872, stagecoaches hadn’t taken hold as the park’s primary mode of transportation for guests until 1886, but by then, they ruled the land. Several companies offered rides throughout the park with different variants of coaches, but the most notable was the Yellowstone Park Transportation Company, which led the way with its famous bright yellow “Yellowstone Coaches.” (Submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.