The three Concord stagecoaches, each pulled by six-horse teams, plunged across the prairies. It was 1867, a dangerous time. Indians were about. Calvarymen served as outriders, half a mile on either side of the coaches. The coaches careened through the dust and across the rocks for four days, stopping only for quick meals. A dozen people were crammed into each coach, sitting on the mail bags. Other passengers rode on the top. Each man had to carry a rifle, even the new Episcopal Bishop who was one of the passengers. It took a month to travel through the Indian territories between Omaha and Salt Lake City. Bishop Daniel Sylvester Tuttle, just turned 30, would launch his church’s future course in the home city of Mormonism.

AOWM January 26, 2005