Mack helped pull a stagecoach on the Pioneer Stage Line from Placerville, California, to Carson City, Nevada. Mack and 600 other horses pulled eight stages daily for the Pioneer Line, which Wells Fargo acquired in 1864.
In 1865 journalist J. Ross Browne was a passenger on a stagecoach ride to Nevada’s silver mines. He was impressed by the way old Charlie, an experienced driver, encouraged his six-horse team along the steep, dusty road and the downhill run, calling them each by name. Browne observed that “Charlie loved his horses with a kind of paternal affection.”
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