Were there stagecoach hold-ups on the roads to Yosemite?
Who was the first to climb Half Dome?
What in the world was the Rattlesnake Tree?
Did John Muir ever have a famous visitor to Yosemite?
Colorful characters were the norm back in Old Yosemite, and none were quite as unique as the men who drove the stagecoaches.
As they say, these men were as tough as “whang” leather…and I guess that that is pretty tough!
At the same time, it was their job to transport their customers, and they liked people.
Stagecoach trips were lengthy affairs, meaning that there was a lot of time for conversation…and no one liked a tall tale like these men.
A “good story” that was based on fact was also worth repeating.
Eddie Webb was the last of Yosemite’s stagecoach drivers.
He and other “old timers” like him who remembered those early days, were more than happy to share their remembrances for “The Mysterious Rattlesnake Tree, How The Firefall Began And More Stories Of Yosemite.”
Some stories are historical accounts like the first climb of half dome and the visit to Yosemite of President Teddy Roosevelt, and some are just plain fun…like this one.
An excerpt from the story “Down The Mountain In A Gold Pan”:
“Tears would come to Hank’s eyes whenever he told the sad experience: ‘Yes, sir, all I ever found of my long lost brother were the copper rivets from his overalls. In the bottom of his red-hot gold pan.’ ”