Stage Takes Three Days to Reach Oregon Coast from Grants Pass
The Concord stage headed southwest from Grants Pass through the Applegate and Illinois valleys and up Hays Hill to Love Station near Selma for a fresh team of horses. At Kerby the horses were changed again, and the stage stopped overnight at the Waldo Hotel. The next morning the stage continued to Stony Corral at the base of Oregon Mountain and acquired a fourth set of horses. Patrick Creek offered a meal stop and new horses that got the stage to Crescent City, Calif., for an overnight stay and another fresh horse team. The coach reached Smith River for dinner, and the final horse team got them to Harbor, their destination on the Chetco River. Miller Payne faced more “furrowed gullies, rutted and rough potholed surfaces, steep mountain passes, and narrow gorges” on the return trip.
Sources: Adams, Mike. Chetco. Brookings, Ore.: Chetco Valley Historical Society, 2011.