Oct 14 2015

 

The coming of the railroad changed stage travel on the major routes. The stage lines arranged their routes to accommodate new locations at the end of the railroad tracks being constructed. In 1874, a new stage line was established from San Antonio to Harwood “the present terminus of the Galveston and San Antonio railroad.” The passengers then boarded the train and continued their trip to Houston. The fare from San Antonio to Harwood was $10.50.

As the process of laying railroad track progressed westward, the station at Harwood was moved to Seguin, then Marion. The railroad arrived in San Antonio in February 1877. Although the railroad replaced stagecoach travel from San Antonio to Houston and the towns in between, the stagecoach remained the principal mode of travel and mail delivery between smaller towns.

 

Conclusion

The legends surrounding stagecoach travel captivate our imagination and have enriched our collective vocabulary. Stage lines provided a vital chapter in the creation story of Texas. In a hostile environment that included Indian attacks, robberies, poor roads and few bridges, stagecoaches struggled against the elements to meet their schedules. However, their most important contribution may well have been delivering the mail over the lost Texas roads.