The Tucson Line

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By: Wayne Brown

A quick check of my pocket watch told me time was near

Soon, at the Depot, the afternoon stage would arrive here

The Wells Fargo board said the Concord stage would be on time

Running on its daily route on the Deming to Tucson stage line

 

Hank Johnson is already standing out front, a small boy by his side

Today that Concord stage will be carrying his new mail order bride

A widower now raising a young son whose birth took away his wife

The Stage from Deming will bring a wife, a new mother, a new life

 

Ed Chambers, from the bank, is here for the gold off this prairie ship

Tom Styles will grab the mail bags off the stage delivered on this trip

There might a saloon girl or two among the passengers riding there

Who come all the way from St. Louis to Tucson on just a one-way fare

 

That ol’ Concord Stage runs the line through weather, robbers, and attacks

The road between Deming and Tucson is permanently cut with its tracks

The Apache threatens from time to time and chase after the speeding coach

The outlaws plot hoping the valuables in that strong box they might poach

 

Seth Jones is the driver on this line; of all drivers, he is finest in the game

He runs that coach and handles that team expertly with a four-in-hand rein

Ol’ Patch Hayes is riding shotgun; pistol, rifle, shotgun are close at hand

He can pick a man out of the saddle at forty yards and lay him in the sand

 

Here it comes around the corner to Main, the team a-running at a trot

Right on time in from Deming with weary passengers and all their lot

The passengers will disembark and scatter themselves into the wind

Seth and Patch will load it up and head back to Deming once again

 

Passengers on board, the luggage and cargo tied down and all secure

The strong box is locked and mail for Deming in the boot in the rear

The horses are watered and fresh, ol’ Patch just cut him a plug of chaw

Seth grabs the reins, releases the brakes, and lets it roll again…Hee Yah!

 

I stand out front of the Depot with my lil ol’ mother on my arm

She’s come all they way from Santa Fe without hurt or harm

Thanks to ol’ Seth and Patch and the way they spend their time

Movin’ that Concord Stage over the Deming to Tucson line

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sheila b. 6 years ago

Great picture to set the mood for your poem. Gosh, when you think about it, those days were not so long ago, in the scheme of things.


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

I always love a little cowboy poetry. Fun stuff!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@sheila b. Glad you liked it...I will do one about the telegraph office next! LOL WB

@wannawestern...thanks so much for stopping by. I am really glad that you enjoyed the poem and my shot at creating a facet of the old west. Come see me again! WB


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Perfect - I have been listening to a lot of the old outlaw country music lately and this seems so appropriate - great poem Wayne.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne your poetry really captures the flavor of the old west!!!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@BAD...Thank you, Billy...glad I could match up with the music! WB

@Tom Whitworth...I appreciate it Tom...that was my intention. Glad you think so! WB


TimBryce 6 years ago

Yee Haa!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Good stuff, as always. Thanks for taking me on the trails.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@TimBryce...Good to see ya around Tim...YeeHaW! WB

@Ken R Abell...You're always welcome, Ken...glad to you came by for a read! WB


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

You are a poet and you should "knowit." You describe vividly the setting and scenery.. Great hub!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@dallas93444...Thank you. Actually I never did poetry until I started posting my writing here on the hub a few months back. I decided to give it try and it kind of worked out. Thanks for the great comments! WB


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Me, Steve Walters 6 years ago from The Big

Any chance that Stage Coach line is still operating...I've had a hankering to be headed out to Tucson for awhile now! Great Ol' West Poem Tale...Excellent...as a matter of fact!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Love your poetry Wayne.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Me, Steve Walters...out in those Arizona badlands, I'd say there's a dang good chance of it Steve. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! WB

@Breakfastpop....keep on lovin' it and I'll try to keep on writin' it! WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

What a challenge riding stagecoach with shotgun and pistol always on the ready. Horses at full gallop and bent on outpacing those outlaws who want to take her gold.

Wells Fargo must have had a lot of casualties in it's time. I wonder how well they paid these brave lads to protect and serve? Nice share Wayne.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...Ken, I think I have a book or two somewhere at home on the growth of freight and passenger traffic along these lines in the old west. On some of the runs, the Indians attacks and outlaws would get so bad they would have to shut down the route for a while until things cooled off a bit. I will look around and see if I can find those book titles for you. They may still be in print. Thanks for the read and the comment! WB


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ahorseback 6 years ago

Good one Wayne, by the way Concord stages were built in Concord New Hampshire , did you know that? Near here, I wish Id taken one back then , maybe to Tuscon, Dodge City , no....Lonesome Dove.....


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@ahorseback...Yes, I saw that in my research on it. They were very well made pieces of equipment and employed a leather strap sling suspension which suspended the coach over the axles. I think this was one of the first companies to employ a woman in the production process of the coaches. New Hampshire should be proud, the coaches were a great part of the Old West. Thanks for your read and comment! WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Lots of comings/goings on this stagecoach. One can tell you did your homework on this one. Great info with a fun format. Are the saloon girls staying and your Mom going? If so, might be in for some real fun!! Ha!! You mentioned a possible hub on a telegraph office. Did you write it?

I've only got a few Katy stories left (to finish in 10). . . but if I had the chance to do them again, I would have researched more at the beginning and planned them in advance . . . and then, of course, the dialogue. I'll work more on that "voice" in whatever fiction I tackle next.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...Sorry on the slow reply...been traveling and I am having computer problems here at the office...died on me and awaiting a new one. For now I am working on a spare and it is slow. Never did write that poem on the telegraph office. Guess I need to do my homework on that one huh! LOL! You next run after Katy might be built around a little family making their way out west to settle some new ground in the wilds of the west...train rides, river crossings, wagon trains, then you can work the angle of acquiring a little farm and settling into a community (room for conflict with that banker there!Ha!)...kinda of a "Little House on the Prairie" thing with lots of dialog! You could also consider writing a prequel to the Katy Winslow series that pickups before she is born and follow her parents west, through the gold strike, the ranch, and the death of her mother. Anyone reading that would then want to go right to the Katy Winslow series. WB


Becky 5 years ago

Interesting poem, I loved it. My cousin made college money driving a stagecoach from Fallon, NV to old Fort Churchill. He had a ball and so did the tourists. I went once just for the experience.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Technology is wonderful -- when it works. Of course, I am still in awe of the fax machine. Ha! Hey, if your travels ever bring you to Htown, I'll treat you to that-oh-so-delicious-and-enormous-meal-I-owe-you here. Thanks for the great ideas. Either/both series sound super. The western bug is getting under my skin -- in a good way.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky....That would be fun experience expecially on a bit of a long ride. I'll bet the seats were better than what the airlines use today. LOL! WB

@Truckstop Sally...Houston is one I get into less frequently than some but it is not out of the realm of possibilities. I was through there quite a bit a couple of years back then the business model shifted so it will probably shift again. Houston is too big to ignore! Good that you are getting the bug...it'll make the writing that much better! WB


Becky 5 years ago

Actually, the seats were terrible. Just bench seats with a horsehair-stuffed pad. It was not comfortable and your knees were stuffed against the knees of the passenger facing you. The passengers facing backwards all tended to get motion sickness. The people who rode these regularly were tough. It was only a 25 mile ride and took hours. One way and then they had a van take you back to your car unless you wanted to pay to go again.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky...yeah, that's about the way the airlines work! LOL! Sounds like a great experience one way...agony round trip. WB

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