Monthly Mail Wagon to Fort Laramie

“The monthly mail wagon to Fort Laramie also interested the home-hungry travelers. The mail wagon itself—slow, solitary, and defenseless—was gradually replaced by fast Abbot, Downing stagecoaches, convoyed in later years of Indian trouble by eight or ten cavalrymen. The sight of these swaggering vehicles, so lately from civilization, fairly electrified the emigrants as they tore past the plodding teams. The guard, or ‘messenger,’ sat on top with the driver and would accept mail if it were tightly wrapped and handed to him by a horseman riding at a gallop—nothing was allowed to slow the stages.”