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The NSFWA sponsored a restoration and preservation project in collaboration with Virginia City/Nevada City, Montana.

The JR Hill harness poster has been returned to Virginia City, Montana after several months away in Pennsylvania being restored. The NSFWA received a donation to help sponsor this restoration and preservation project. As part of the agreement, NSFWA is able to reproduce prints of the poster. This poster would make a great gift for a stagecoach enthusiast on your gift list, and don’t forget to treat yourself! The prints will be sold for $130 as a fundraiser towards the next preservation project. Please use this form to order a print. 

James R Hill & Co of Concord, New Hampshire produced all of the harness for the stagecoaches produced and sold by The Concord Coach Co. Each stagecoach included a set of harness as part of the coach order.

The original poster is dated 1883, and is the only known surviving example of this early advertisement. It was displayed on the wall of the Jos Sullivan Saddlery in Ft. Benton, Montana before moving to its current place in Nevada City, Montana. Joseph Sullivan was in the saddlery business at Fort Benton from 1881 until his death in 1940.

Charles Russell, the famous western artist, spoke of visiting Jos. Sullivan Saddlery numerous times in his writings and books. There are also pictures of him in front of the shop. Charlie Russell moved to Montana from St. Louis Missouri in 1880, so this advertisement was most likely observed by Charlie.

To western collectors and enthusiasts this poster will make a real conversation piece and great addition to any collection.
All of the proceeds from your purchase of this poster will support the National Stagecoach & Freight Wagon Association in its efforts to interpret, educate, and preserve the legacy of commercial stagecoaches and freight wagons, which were integral to the development of the western United States in the 19th century.  

Best wishes, The NSFWA Board of Advisors

About NSFWA

The National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association (NSFWA) is a not-for-profit organization. Our founders created the organization to provide an historic record of commercial wagon freighting and stagecoaching as well as sponsoring events associated with the use of stagecoaches and freight wagons.

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Virginia City, Montana (2014 Annual Conference)
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Santa Ynez Historic Museum (2011 Annual Conference)
Buffalo Bill Historic Center (2010 Annual Conference)
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