Conductor - The person who rode
with the driver of a stagecoach and collected fares, took care of
passengers, and was responsible for the mail.
Corduroy Road - A road created by logs laid
across a swampy, low-lying area, placed together or "ribbed" like
Division - 250 miles of
trail belonging to a superintendent on the Overland Route.
Division Agent -
The person in charge of 250 miles of road on the Overland
Route, also called
Superintendent. They were in charge of purchasing animals and
equipment, maintaining the stations, and hiring station keepers,
conductors, hostlers, drivers and blacksmiths.
Drag - An object attached to the back of a stagecoach to slow it when going when going downhill.
Expressman - A messenger
carrying express items.
Groom - A stableman, one who takes
care of the horses
Hame - One of two curved bars
fitted to a horse collar, holding the traces of a harness.
Hangers-on - A phrase used by the more
"well-off" riding inside the stagecoach, referring to those who were
riding on top.
Home Station - A larger
station where meals and lodging were provided to passengers.
Hostlers - Took care of the horses
and mules at the stage stops, as well as changing the team.
Jehu - A
driver, taken from the name of a Biblical character who drove
fast and furiously.
Johnnycake - A type of cornbread
often provided to travelers at stage stops.
Leaders - The two front animals of the team.
These would be the smallest, smartest and most alert of the team.
Lines - Reins.
Near - Referred to the horses or mules on the
left side of the team, furthest from the driver.
Referred to the horses or mules on the right side of the team, nearest
Overland - Across land rather than
Postrider - A person who carried
the post, or mail, on horseback.