BROTHERS OPEN STAGECOACH SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA

by Bartee Haile

The first load of U.S. Mail left San Antonio on Nov. 27,1857 on a mule-drawn stage bound for San Diego, California. At the reins were George and James Giddings, old hands at hauling freight and the occasional paying customer through lndian infested West Texas. Undeterred by the fate of their brother Giles, one of the few Anglo Americans killed at the Battle of San Jacinto, they headed for Texas in 1845.

 

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