Wild West Show - Antique Jail Stagecoach
I purchased this one of a kind miniature stagecoach 35 years ago. It was proported to have been purchased in New Mexico and used in a Wild West Show in Oklahoma.
I believe it dates back to around the 1890's and still retains it's original surface of "old red" paint.
The wagon depicts an old prisoner stagecoach named the Colfax Jail.
Colfax County is located in New Mexico near the Oklahoma border.
In the 19th Century, prisoners were transported throughout the old west in stagecoach jails.
Judging from it's size, this would have probably been pulled by a pony or goat, and I am imagining perhaps with a monkey driving it.
There are signs of much wear throughout and it was no doubt used for many years.
It's size allows it to be shown in a room as it has been for the past 25 years in my restaurant which was called The Ash Creek Saloon.
This is not just a conversation piece but a true relic of the Old West at the end of the "Golden" period.
I have never seen another and am quite sure I never will.
Measures 46"tall x 57"long x 31"wide
One of Colfax County’s most notorious residents was the gunfighter Robert Clay Allison (September 2, 1841 – July 3, 1887). Allison was a cattle rancher, cattle broker, and sometimes gunfighter of the American Old West. He fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. Allison had a reputation for violence, having survived several one-on-one knife and gunfights (some with lawmen), as well as being implicated in a number of vigilante jail break-ins and lynchings. He is posthumously known as the man who "...never killed a man that did not need killing." A drunken Allison once rode his horse through town nearly naked—wearing only his gunbelt.