A member sent the link to a blog post that I thought you might find interesting as well.

It’s interesting to note how much faster one could travel at the end of a seventy-six-year span in the nineteenth century than at the beginning.

Do you remember that, in 1819, it took twenty-four hours to travel a distance of twenty-five miles over Kentucky’s roads? According to the blog post I’ve linked to above, in 1895, the Red Jacket coach was expected to travel the twenty-two miles from Buffalo to Niagara Falls in a mere two hours. The mode of transportation was basically the same, so it must’ve been the quality of the roads (and the fact, perhaps, that the coach was traveling in relay stages) that made such a huge difference.