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Transportation in the Old West, Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter
March 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$15
Boring you think? Not on your life. Come and hear about the various routes across the Old West, and particularly across Arizona. Learn about the Jackass Mail where passengers had to walk part of the way, the famous Butterfield Stage running from Apache attacks, the different kinds of wagons: prairie schooners, conestogas, celerities, Concords, and Spanish carretas; why stage drivers sat on the right and the shotgun guards on the left, why a stagecoach’s front wheels were smaller than the rear ones. Jack will also talk about the paddle wheelers on the Colorado, the camels across northern Arizona, the topographical engineers, the pony express, and the coming of the railroads; and why the railroads did not connect with Phoenix until the “end of the frontier”. It’s a fascinating story and part of our history. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations, 520-398-2252.