Why Did Stage Drivers Sit on the Right Side?

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Why did stage drivers sit on the right side?
-Kevin Baldwin of Frankenmuth, Michigan

Buggy  drivers sat on the right because most were right handed and the whip could be wielded without possibly hurting the person seated next to you. Also, they could more easily  pull a weapon on the right side.

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. . His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write:  Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at  marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu

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