Stagecoach Trail

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Stagecoach Trail
Route information
Length 40 mi (64 km)
Existed 1837 – present
Major junctions
East end Lena, Illinois
West end Galena, Illinois
Highway system
Horsefarm with stagecoach rental on the Stagecoach Trail (the road in the front) in Apple River Township, somewhat west of the village of Apple River (January, 2008)

Stagecoach Trail is a historic route through northern Jo Daviess County and western Stephenson County, in the northwest of Illinois. The trail was a part of the larger Galena–Chicago trail that crossed almost the entire state.

Stagecoach Trail connects Galena and Lena through the communities of Scales Mound, Apple River, Warren and Nora.[1] It also runs close to the highest point in Illinois, Charles Mound, and the Illinois-Wisconsin border.[1][2]

The route can be used as an alternative for U.S. Route 20 between Lena and Galena, through picturesque communities and landscapes.[2] Stagecoach rides are offered at several points along the trail. Late 20th century, the communities on the Stagecoach Trail, from Lena through Scales Mound, held an annual Stagecoach Trail Festival in June.[3]


  1. ^ a b Selbert, Pamela (December 5, 1999). "Coach travel". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Scenic Drives (PDF). Galena/Jo Daviess County Visitors Guide. Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau. p. 62. Retrieved January 7, 2018. This two lane road winds its way through the curves and rolling hills of this unglaciated area. Scenic farms dot the landscape and the route cruises near the highest point in Illinois. 
  3. ^ Drive the Stagecoach Trail. Illinois Weekend Adventure Guide. Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. 2000. pp. 54–55?. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 

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