— Cannonball Stage Station State Historic Site —
Travel along the trail was generally safe. Dangers included weather, prairie fire, and robbery. Outriders and shotgun messengers were employed to ward off "road agents" (bandits) from attacking the stage line after a string of holdups during summer 1877. Outriders rode in front and behind the wagon. Armed shotgun messengers rode beside the driver. The term "riding shotgun" was derived from shotgun messengers.
The 1880 census
The Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail operated commercially from 1877 to 1880. The trail and his station were abandoned by the Northwestern Express, Stage, and Transportation Company when railroad expansion reached Pierre. The trail was also used by locals as a farm-to-market route. Eventually, the Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail was completely deserted. Ruts from wagon trains can still be seen in some places, including at the Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail State Historic Site east of Flasher.
Erected by State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 46° 13.308′ N, 101° 28.652′ W. Marker is near Carson, North Dakota, in Grant County. Marker can
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bismarck-Deadwood Stage Trail (a few steps from this marker); Cannonball Stage Station (a few steps from this marker).
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Also see . . . Cannonball Stage State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 2, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. 2. submitted on August 5, 2020, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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