RAYMOND — The Northwest Carriage Museum is the proud new home of an original stagecoach built by M.P Henderson & Son in Stockton, Calif.

Built in the late 1880s, this historic vehicle is truly one of a kind, was once owned by the Fat Jones Stables in North Hollywood, Calif., and was used in several classic western movies including “Virginia City,” starring Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart.

This historic vehicle was recently purchased by Gary and Cec Dennis in Kentucky and presented to the Northwest Carriage Museum on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

“A stagecoach is a type of covered wagon for passengers and goods. It is strongly sprung and drawn by four horses, usually four-in-hand. Widely used before the introduction of railway transport, it made regular trips between stages or stations, which were places of rest provided for stagecoach travelers. The business of running stagecoaches or the act of journeying in them was known as staging,” according to Wikipedia. They have an iconic place in the history of the American West settlement.

The coach will be proudly displayed along side of one of the finest collections of horse-drawn vehicles in the entire country.

The museum is located at 314 Alder St. in Raymond. For more information, visit www.nwcarriagemuseum.org.

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