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    CLARK FOSS "FASTEST STAGE DRIVER IN THE WORLD" - CARTE DE VISITE - circa 1865-77. This is a rare image of Clark Foss, a stage driver who ran the route from Healdsburg, California to the California geysers and the Geysers Resort hotel located there. The image is considered a Carte de Visite and measures about 2.75"x 4.5". The card is sleeved with a back-mark of Bradley and Rulofson of Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California who started in 1863 and lasted until 1877. The image and card are in excellent condition with great contrast.

    Clark Foss also founded Fossvillle California in about 1865 to serve as a way station between Healdsburg and the tourist attraction that had gained worldwide fame, a town presently known as Geyserville. Foss is often called the "most famous Stage Driver in the World" because of the reporting of several journalists who took the journey. Foss often rode his team so fast that passengers became afraid and, around 1880, he was in a terrible crash that took a young woman's life. Foss continued to drive after his own injuries healed, but never as recklessly or as fast. Foss was a friend to many celebrities and is considered by many historians to be one of the most daring Stage Drivers of the West.

    Mautz, Carl. Biographies of Western Photographer's, (Nevada City, California: Carl Mautz Publishing, 1997).

    Special thanks to: Mr. Thomas Joad, and the City of Healdsburg for this information.

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    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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