Olathe in Johnson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
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Stagecoach drivers were an interesting group by many accounts. Good drivers were sought by stagecoach companies for their skills in driving. They exercised authority similar to ship captains over their coaches and the passengers traveling with them.
Driving stagecoaches was not without danger. Hollywood usually portrays the greatest threat coming from robbers, or American Indians. In certain times and places, these threats did exist.
As great or greater danger came from sources more mundane but no less deadly - like working around large animals, which can always be unpredictable even when well-trained.
A very serious accident occurred on last Saturday night at Mahaffie's tavern, as the stage was starting out.
The driver alighting, was in the act of putting down one of the curtains when the horses became frightened, started for the gate leading from the yard. The driver in attempting to stop them was suddenly thrown against the gate post, the stage, running over him, breaking one thigh, and one arm, and injuring him to such an extent that he has since died. None of the passengers were hurt.
[Painting caption reads] "Warming Up" A coach driver or teamster downs his drink in this painting by Charles Blauvelt, c.1860-1870.
Erected by City of Olathe.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Communications • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1871.
Location. 38° 53.519′ N, 94° 48.084′ W. Marker is in Olathe, Kansas, in Johnson County. Marker is about 50 feet west of the Mahaffie home at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe KS 66061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. State Your Business... (here, next to this marker); Fast Food (a few steps from this marker); Home Sweet Home (a few steps from this marker); A Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); Pit Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); Workin' For a Living (within shouting distance of this marker); Not So Little A Farm On the Prairie... (within shouting distance of this marker); Up In Smoke (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Olathe.
Also see . . .
1. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm. (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on August 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,108 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on August 15, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.