In 1840, a traveler could pay Frink & Walker $3 for the thirty-mile trip to Bloomington (Muscatine) via a two-horse stage coach. By 1842, another firm advertised tri-weekly service for only $1.50. These early companies were all stationed at The Swan Hotel. By the mid-1840’s, other roads were connecting Davenport, Muscatine, Burlington, Des Moines and Marion with Iowa City, and by 1854, Western Stage, located on Iowa Avenue, entered the Iowa City market, announcing daily four-horse coaches running in all directions.
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