Transportation/Stage Coach/ Bus/ Hacks/Taxi/Drayage
The term stage lines was broadly used for many years to mean anything from the traditional television style stage coach, to a horse drawn wagon carrying passengers and possibly freight. Later, a firm transporting seven to nine people in a motor vehicles was referred to as a stage line and the term was also often used for what today we would call a taxi. A hack line generally shuttled both passengers and freight. Drayage transported freight or heavier items such as moving furniture or even houses. The term bus lines became much more common in the mid to late 1920s.
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- Amercian Express Co.
- Freight office operated out of the depot. E.L Smith mgr. in 1926.
- Comanche-De Leon Hack Line
- A daily hack line owned by Joseph H. Hammers beginning in September 1882 that carried mail, freight and passengers between the railroad in De Leon and Comanche An advertisement ran in the De Leon Examiner in 1884.
- Chidester Overland Stage (Horse drawn stage coach)
- Creamer Stage
- A bus line that operated in the mid 1920. It ran from Eastland to San Antonio picking up south bound De Leon passengers at 10:10 a.m. and north bound at 6:15 p.m. The north bound route went from De Leon to Gorman, Carbon and Eastland. The south bound went through Comanche, Goldthwaite, San Saba and on to San Antonio.
- A.C. Daniell Transfer
- House moving. Office in Foust Lumber 1926.
- J.S. Hammers Hack Line (see Comanche-De Leon Hack Line
- Mohon Stage Line
- Tommie Mohon began operation of this line out of the Travelers Hotel on August 3, 1926. Mohon made two trips daily from De Leon to the active oil fields around Cross Plains via Duster, Sipe Springs, Rising Star, Pioneer, and Cross Cut. His stage left De Leon at 9:00 am and 4:00 p.m. daily, arriving back at 2:30 and 8:45. He connected with the Robertson Bus line to Stephenville and Fort Worth in De Leon and to San Angelo at Cross Plains.
- Robertson Bus Line
- The line had its office in the Travelers Hotel. It ran buses daily from Brownwood to Fort Worth. A bus left De Leon twice each morning and twice each afternoon for Brownwood and once in the morning and twice in the afternoon for Fort Worth. A separate bus left De Leon each morning for Stephenville. The line operated from around 1925 to 1940.
- Quick Service Drayage
- Owned by T.H. Nance. Officed in Dabney Hardware in 1926.