Scenes from The Big Valley, "Last Stage to Salt Flats", Season 2, Episode 12
Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Long, and Lee Majors
Tips For Stagecoach Travelers
The best seat inside a stage is the one next to the driver. Even if you have a tendency to sea-sickness when riding backwards you’ll get over it and will get less jolts and jostling. Don’t let any “sly elph” trade you his mid-seat.
In cold weather don’t ride with tight-fitting boots, shoes, or gloves. When the driver asks you to get off and walk do so without grumbling, he won’t request it unless absolutely necessary. If the team runs away...sit still and take your chances. If you jump, nine out of ten times you will get hurt. In very cold weather abstain entirely from liquor when on the road, because you will freeze twice as quickly when under its influence.
Don’t growl at the food received at the station...stage companies usually provide the best they can get.
Don’t keep the stage waiting. Don’t smoke a strong pipe inside the coach. Spit on the leeward side. If you have anything to drink in a bottle pass it around. Procure your stimulants before starting, as “ranch” (stage depot) whiskey is not “Nectar.”
Don’t lean or lop over neighbors when sleeping. Take small change to pay expenses. Never shoot on the road, as the noise might frighten the horses. Don’t discuss politics or religion.
Don’t point out where murders have been committed, especially if there are woman passengers.
Don’t lag at the washbasin. Don’t grease your hair, because travel is dusty. Don’t imagine for a moment that you are going on a picnic. Expect annoyances, discomfort, and some hardships.
---- Omaha Herald, 1877
Courtesy of the El Dorado Historical Museum, Placerville, California
Nannita Regina H. Daisey was born in Pennsylvania and orphaned at a young age. She was educated by and lived in the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent in St. Louis, Missouri.
She worked as a teacher in Kentucky and began a journalism career there fighting against the common gender discrimination against women seeking professional careers at the time. Eventually she moved to Oklahoma and participated in four Land Runs. She was active in the Guthrie, Oklahoma, where she resided, helping to initiate schools in new towns and assisting other women to claim homesteads.
Kentucky Daisey married a Scandinavian immigrant and United States Army soldier, Andreas E. J. Ueland Svegeborg. They were no children born to the marriage.
On 4 July 2007 (Independence Day) the town of Edmond, Oklahoma, unveiled a statue of Nannita Daisey, depicting her leaping from the cowcatcher at the front of a train. The statue, named "Leaping into History", was sculpted by the local artist, Mary Lou Gresham. It's estimated cost was $250,000 and was funded by the Edmond Parks Foundation, Inc., plus some centennial money and private donations. The statue stands 13 feet tall and 26 feet long and is made of bronze and Oklahoma red granite.