The Life and Times of George Monroe and His Family

By Tom Bopp

“Just as there are the greatest of soldiers and sailors, artists and mechanics at times
 so there are greater stage drivers than their fellows and George Monroe was the greatest of all.”

– A.H. Washburn, Supt., Yosemite Stage & Turnpike Company

The Monroe family was experiencing what must have seemed a belle époque—a beautiful age—especially when they looked back upon their difficult past. George Monroe, now in his thirties, had distinguished himself as an expert teamster and achieved wide acclaim. His parents had established a secure income through their ranch in the pastoral Sierra foothills. George, too, was secure in his job and had joined the fortunate few who could call Yosemite Valley their home.