1896 until 1915 a stagecoach ran from Monticello to Burnside, Kentucky. The improvement
of roads in Wayne County provided an excellent opportunity for an enterprising businessman to begin a means of transportation
that would allow the general public to travel in comfort! A route between Monticello
and Burnside made it possible for the citizens of Wayne county to connect with
the railroad station in Burnside and would insure improved delivery of the United
of the earliest stagecoach services was operated by J.W. Hall and Son. In 1884,
they advertised: “Monticello and Burnside Mail Stage Line leaves Monticello daily at 6 a.m. and arrives at Burnside
at 11 a.m. Return: Leaves Burnside at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at Monticello at
Burton ran the stage line for a few years after the Hall’s ceased their involvement in the service. In 1896, Charles Burton took over the operation of the stagecoach.
Monticello-Burnside stagecoach served the people of Wayne and surrounding counties
for many years. In November 1915, the stage made its final run. John Burton, son of Charles, kept the stage in a “museum” until his death in 1973.
THE BURTON STAGE
IS NOW HOUSED IN
THE WAYNE COUNTY MUSEUM
An unfortunate turn of events resulted in the original Monticello-Burnside
stagecoach being sold to the Wells Fargo Bank of California. In 1978, the stagecoach left Kentucky and has been housed in Los Angeles since then.
sense of history led some interested individuals to have a reproduction of the stagecoach built. First Southern Bancorp, Inc. and Jess Correll have graciously made the reproduction available to the William
Crenshaw Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Museum to be placed on permanent display.
stagecoach will allow the people of Monticello and Wayne County to better appreciate their
tremendous historical heritage.