Stagecoach Odometer, 1879

Roach, John, 1813-18911879

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This stagecoach odometer, built by San Francisco inventor John Roach in 1879, counted wheel revolutions to register the distance a coach traveled. Stagecoach lines used the information to calculate speed and how much to pay operators. The odometer was secured on the wheel hub and protected by a leather cover.

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  • Title: Stagecoach Odometer, 1879
  • Creator: Roach, John, 1813-1891
  • Date Created: 1879
  • Location: United States, California, San Francisco, United States, Arizona
  • Subject Keywords: Stagecoaches, Stagecoach lines, Odometers
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: Digital Collections
  • Patent Place: San Francisco, California
  • Patent Date: 1879
  • Object Name: Odometer
  • Object ID: 36.316.1
  • Inventor: John Roach
  • Invention: Stagecoach Odometer
  • Image ID: THF150166
  • Field: Transportation
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.