This building is on its original site and was the ice storage area for the Longenbaugh establishment. Today it houses a camp wagon and stagecoach, two of the prize vehicles of South Park City.
To the best of our knowledge, the stagecoach sometimes called a “Mud Wagon”, was build in Concord, Massachusetts, by Abbot Downing Company, between 1860 and 1870 and sold for $600.00. Included in this price were: painted or enameled curtains, lined with leather; a top cover made of sail duck; leather material for covering the rear luggage area and wooden side doors. Many of the coaches of that time were constructed without doors. It is called a “Concord” in reference to its place of manufacture. The Concord was constructed for rough mountain travel.
Stagecoaches traveled from Fairplay to Alma over Mosquito Pass to Leadville, through Buena Vista, on to Salida and from there making the return trip to Fairplay.
This type of stage could carry seventeen passengers and a driver. Nine sat inside and the rest on the outside. The two long seats on the roof could seat six while two could sit with the driver. Also available was a board extending from the rear of the stage, which could carry four more. This was known as the “Chinaman’s Seat”. Besides passengers, the stage transported mail, gold dust and coins from the mines and provided the incentive for many robberies; however, there is documented only one stage robbery in Park County. This mode of mass transit provides quite a contrast when compared to the comfortable, air conditioned buses of today.
The Camp Wagon with its wooden sides, large wooden wheels and canvas roof catches one’s eye. The wagon was horse drawn and would carry all the supplies necessary for a hunting trip. The stove with a large coffee pot is located near the rear of the wagon Pots and pans hang from the sides.
A wooden bucket with a ladle for dipping water rests in the corner. A lantern and ropes complete the scene. A small cabinet shelf holds bottles of medicine and other personal items needed for a stay in the wilderness. A crude bed is made up at the rear of the wagon. Yes! The early day equivalent of our modern campers. When game was killed it was hung on the outside of the wagon for butchering.