Mendocino-Ukiah Mail Delivery

Stagecoach at Comptche. Margaret and Nellie Cameron are sitting behind the teamster. Other people are unidentified in this undated photo. (Steve and Sue Sanor, Gray – Nielson – Sanor Family Collection)

July 2, 1906 – Liverymen Boyd & Daniels began fulfilling their contract to carry U. S. mail between Mendocino and Ukiah by horse-drawn stagecoach. The Mendocino-Ukiah Stage Line also carried passengers and ran three times per week. The stages left Ukiah at 7am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, arriving in Mendocino the following day. One-way fares were $5, and round trips cost $8.

Boyd & Daniels was a new livery firm, formed in January 1906, when George A. Daniels purchased George Switzer’s 1/2 interest in the Switzer & Boyd stable located on Lansing Street.

At the end of their 4-year contract, a Ukiah liveryman bought the livestock and equipment of the Mendocino-Ukiah Stage Line from Boyd & Daniels and continued the mail run.

In 1916, Boyd & Daniels purchased a 7-passenger touring car and established an auto stage that left Mendocino at 8am and arrived in Ukiah in time to catch the afternoon train. The trip back to Mendocino started at 1 pm the following day. Fares were the same as the horse-drawn stages in 1906: $5 one way or $8 round trip.

The Kelley House Museum will be open July 4th, 2021 from 11am-3pm, and David Tahja will lead a Walking Tour of the Historic District ($20/person to support the Kelley House) at 10:30am.