Cody in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Pioneer Stagecoach Drivers
The pioneer stagecoach drivers of the Old West were as fiercely independent as any men the country has ever seen. They were men of whang-leather toughness, who were accustomed to the harshness of frontier life. They never failed to laugh in the face of every hardship and danger. Self-reliance and vitality were foremost in their make-up, and they took a large measure of pride in their work. These rough men had a taste of genuine life, and, while it lasted, they savored every bit of it.
Their motto was: “Take her as she comes and like it.” The work they did in establishing and maintaining transportation links along the fringes of civilization was a major contribution in the development of the American West. Their spirit and independent nature remain a landmark in the colorful and dramatic pageant of Wyoming and the West. Charley Russell, the cowboy artist, eulogized them thusly:
Here’s to the driver that sat on the coach with six reigns and the silk in in his grip, who’d bet he could throw all the ribbons away an’ herd his bronk team with his whip!
To them and to the memory of the early pioneer of the Cody Country, this monument is respectfully dedicated.
A gift to the City of Cody and the Park County Historical Society
by Mr. Edgar
Location. 44° 31.534′ N, 109° 4.216′ W. Marker is in Cody, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Sheridan Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in Paul Stock Park, in front of the Cody Chamber of Commerce. Marker is at or near this postal address: 836 Sheridan Avenue, Cody WY 82414, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yellowstone Fire Fighters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Trail Town (approx. 1.8 miles away); The American Mountain Man (approx. 1.9 miles away); John Jeremiah "Liver Eating" Johnston (approx. 1.9 miles away); Jim White (approx. 1.9 miles away); Phillip H. Vetter (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sampson E. Stilwell (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cody.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.