Stagecoach Etiquette by Zion Stage Line
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Rules to Ride By

Wherever there are people, there are rules to live by. Riding in a stagecoach is no exception! The travel would be hot, cold, long, and cramped. Here are a few “Old Fashioned” rules. Or are they?

  1. Abstinence from liquor is requested, but if you must drink, share the bottle. To do otherwise makes you appear selfish and unneighborly.
  2. If ladies are present, gentlemen are urged to forego smoking cigars and pipes as the odor of same is repugnant to the Gentle Sex.
  3. Chewing tobacco is permitted, but spit WITH the wind, not against it.
  4. Gentlemen must refrain from the use of rough language in the presence of ladies and children.
  5. Buffalo robes are provided for your comfort during cold weather. Hogging robes will not be tolerated and the offender will be made to ride with the driver.
  6. The best seat on a stage is beside the driver.
  7. Don’t snore loudly while sleeping or use your fellow passenger’s shoulders for a pillow; he or she may not understand and friction may result.
  8. Firearms may be kept on your person for use in emergencies. Do not fire them for pleasure or shoot at wild animals as the sound rifles the horses.
  9. In cold weather, don’t ride with tight-fitting shoes or gloves.
  10. In the event of runaway horses, remain calm. Leaping from the coach in a panic will leave you injured, at the mercy of the elements, hostile natives, and hungry wolves.
  11. Forbidden topics of discussion are stagecoach robberies, native uprisings, politics, and religion.

Any gents guilty of unchivalrous behavior towards lady passengers will be put off the stage. It’s a long walk back. A word to the wise is sufficient.