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Stagecoaches traversed Liberty County
History of Liberty
While this illustration is from the West, Liberty County's stagecoaches probably looked similar.
The settler, after buying horses and a wagon or two, would tote his family and possessions across the land searching for greener pastures.
But before uprooting his family he would chart his western migration using the services of a stagecoach, which could help with his search for employment to satisfy his family's needs upon their arrival.  
Stagecoach lines were developed in London around 1640 and, after expanding to Paris, the word got around and the new mode of transportation spread like wild flowers.
Upon arrival to the United States, the stagecoach was established and traveled through Liberty County soon after they were recognized in areas of the Northeast. The stagecoach that came through Liberty County was used to transport passengers through deceitful terrain and weather of any condition.
Soon they were also carrying mail and freight. Horseback remained the major means of transportation when people started to expand to the Midwest. Being in business to make money, the operators of these stagecoaches tried to think of various ways to increase revenue on each trip. People were willing to pay not only to ride out West, but they were willing to pay to ship things to friends and relatives who had already relocated.
Of course, passengers were the most profitable. So it follows that the more people you could transport on each trip, the more money the company made. With that in mind, these companies began restricting passengers to being under a certain weight, in order to fit three people in a seat instead of only two. Not only was this extremely uncomfortable for the travelers, but it became obvious to those wishing to relocate.
This immeasurably awkward vehicle was drawn by either four or six horses. The stagecoach would stagger along the bumpy roads at a typical speed of about five miles per hour. Danger from highwaymen is only one of many nuisances on such a trip. Until the 1830s stagecoaches were the primary form of passenger travel through the back country, with three weekly routes and stops in the now Fort Stewart reservation, Liberty County areas, and eventually ending in Walthourville where the old train station now sits.  
According to my neighbor Wayne Golden, through family knowledge, the stagecoach passed through land owned by his relatives and right down the dirt road that sits in front of my house. It was exciting to find out that people of the past actually journeyed passed where I now live in stagecoaches and on horseback repeatedly on their excursions to other parts of the country.
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