Ben Holladay, Stagecoach King, Butterfield Overland Dispatch
 Ben Holladay, Stagecoach King, Butterfield Overland Dispatch

Ben Holladay

Born: 1819 in Kentucky
Died: July 8, 1887 in Portland, Oregon

     Ben Holladay is characterized as a devoted, diligent, enterprising man who became known as the Stagecoach King

     In 1862, Ben Holladay was the sole owner of the Overland Mail and Express Company.    Ben Holladay is given credit for introducing the Concord Stagecoach out west

     Ben Holladay has been attributed as the largest single purchaser of Abbott and Downing's Concord Stagecoach.    Ben Holladay assembled a vast stagecoach empire to earn the title Stagecoach King

     With Ben Holladay 's acquisition of the Butterfield Overland Dispatch in 1866, it became known as the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company. On November 1, 1866, Ben Holladay sold his stagecoach company to Wells, Fargo

    Ben Holladay created a transportation empire with ventures into steamboats and railroads in Oregon.   Throughout his life, Ben Holladay speculated in gold and silver mines, distilleries, general stores and slaughter houses

    Ben Holladay lost his Stagecoach King fortune in the stock market crash on September 18, 1873

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