Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Celerity Wagon
Early Transportation

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A Butterfield Overland Mail Co. celerity wagon from an 1858 drawing by William Hayes Hilton. Wild mules were often used and were a constant problem. This style of stage, known as a stage wagon, was used from Los Angeles to Fort Smith, Ark.

From the Huntington Library and used in "A Ride on a Butterfield Stagecoach" in "The Butterfield Trail and Overland Mail Company in Arizona, 1858-1861" by Gerald T. Ahnert, 2011.

Read: Construction of the Overland Mail Co. Stage Line in California by Gerald T. Ahnert, 2014.

AH5802: 19200 dpi jpeg from smaller digital file.


Butterfield's Overland Mail Stations, SCV & Environs

Read: Overland Mail Co. Stage Line in California


Backgrounder: Express Companies & Staging in California

Ripley: San Fernando (Newhall) Pass Part 11

Perkins: Early Transportation


Jackass Mail, 1857/61


Timetable, Southern Route Through Tejon 1858


Butterfield Coach 1858


Butterfield Celerity Wagon 1858


Butterfield Wagon 1861


Mud Wagon x4

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