Stagecoach Kings in the Old West

James Wales Miller – A stagecoach driver for Wells-Fargo who saved a $30,000 payroll from robbery.

Henry James “Hank” Monk (1833-1883) –  One of the most famous stagecoach drivers in the American West, Henry James Monk was made famous in 1859 after giving a wild and furious ride to Horace Greeley.

George “Alfred” Monroe (1844-1886) – Born a slave, Monroe later became one of the most skilled “whips” in the American West. A mulatto, gained renown driving stages for United States presidents.

Charley Parkhurst, aka: One Eyed Charley, Mountain Charley, Six-Horse Charley (1812-1879) – Parkhurst was a female tobacco chewing, cussing, gambling California stage driver.

Charles “Charlie” E. Parks (18??-1907) – Parks was one of the most faithful and capable Pony Express riders before becoming a long time defender of Wells Fargo stages.

Delia Haskett Rawson (1861-1949) – Becoming a driver at the age of 14, Delia was the first girl stage driver and maybe the youngest to ever to carry the U.S. mail in California.

William Trotter (1836-??) – Trotter was as stage driver for two decades before settling down and running a hotel.

Wells Fargo Stagecoach

Wells Fargo Stagecoach

Wells, Fargo and Company (1850-present) – The organization began when prosperous New York businessmen, Henry Wells and William Fargo saw great opportunity in the west after gold was discovered. The pair, who had helped to found American Express in 1850, officially created Wells Fargo & Co. on March 18, 1852 with two primary objectives – transportation and banking. The firm survived through diversification and continues to exist today.


© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated May 2018.

Also See:

Stagecoach Terms and Slang

Stagecoaches of the American West

Wagons and Stagecoaches Photo Gallery

2 thoughts on “Stagecoach Kings in the Old West”

  1. I am looking for information about stage coaches and routes in Maryland, specifically in what is now Glen Burnie, Maryland. I live on Old Stage Road in Glen Burnie. An elderly man told me his father (or grandfather) told him a stagecoach used to use the route which is now called Old Stage Road. He said the depot was where the Wawa store used to be, at the corner of Quarterfield Road and Old Stage Road. Any information would be helpful.

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