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25 January 2016

Just imagine a certain disruptive company appearing in the wrong century, clogging the dusty roads with its stagecoaches advertising its "prime" delivery service for a few extra gold nuggets a year.

Stagecoach. You want it when? No problem.

You might get once-fresh vegetables in a week. Or a shiny spittoon with a new few bullet holes in it for that empty corner in the office.

Yes, ridiculous. Transportation this sophisticated was reserved for human beings and the mail. And you couldn't just conjure up a private stage whenever you didn't want to be where you found yourself. Or so we've been told.

But rare as it is to see a stage today, you can always find one in downtown San Francisco in the lobby of the Wells Fargo building. And a week ago, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the company rolled it out for everyone to enjoy at Yerba Buena Gardens. Kids climbed a little step ladder to get inside where parents took photos of them hanging out the windows on the other side.

Wells Fargo displayed a banner alongside the stage to answer a few frequently asked questions. We couldn't resist making a spec sheet:

Size 14.5 feet long, 9 feet high, 7 feet wide, 2,500 lbs.
Speed Five miles per hour, on average
Up to 70 miles a day
Tickets Based on distance with seating on a first-come first-served basis
Capacity Nine passengers inside and up to nine more on top
Comfort The seat inside facing backward was considered the best because it bounced the least
Luggage Each passenger was allowed to carry on bags up to 25 lbs. before incurring extra baggage fees
Mail Wells Fargo had a contract with the government to deliver valuable mail but extra mail could eliminate room for passengers or luggage

We didn't ask where the horses were. No doubt they would have been an even bigger attraction for the kids. A few of whom probably assumed it was an electrically-powered vehicle.

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