Yakima Valley Museum restores stage wagon from late 1800s
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima Valley Museum has restored one of its stage wagons from the late 1800s after learning it was central to travel for the region in that time period.
It was very bumpy," said David Lynx about the experience for travelers in the 19th century. "Most of the stage coach construction really is for the comfort for the horses."
Previously the museum had placed the wagon on the side and away from view from visitors. An expert told them that residents in the area working their way from The Dalles to Ellensburg would often travel in a coach like that one. It was a three-day trip with stops in Walla Walla and what is now Union Gap.
"The horses have to be changed every 15 miles," added Lynx.
The wagon was sent to Wyoming for restoration and arrived on Friday to Yakima. It weighs more than 1,200 pounds and it was a slow process getting it back in the museum, according to Lynx.
Visitors can now see the newly restored coach on the lower level below the Neon Garden.