Widely used before the introduction of railway transport, this type of four-wheeled covered wagon pulled by horses or mules was used to carry passengers and goods. The stagecoach traveled at an average speed of about five miles per hour, it could cover about 60 miles a day depending on the weather and the terrain it had to cross. The term "stage" originally referred to the distance between stations on a route, the coach traveling the entire route in "stages" because of it's limited range (unlike train, buses or planes of today the horses pulling the coach and the people aboard had to rest). In the United States at the beginning of the 18th century crude wagons began to be used to carry passengers between cities and towns, first within New England in 1744, then between New York and Philadelphia in 1756. Coachmen also carried letters, packages and money. The first Concord stagecoach, the same model as the one in this fun puzzle, was built in 1827. So jump aboard and lets go for a stagecoach ride in today's fun new jigsaw. Have fun!