Cowboy Bob's Dictionary



Stagecoach drivers were often referred to as "Jehus". The name is derived from the often reckless behavior of the drivers combined with the Bible verse in Second Kings 9:20 "And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously." (Emphasis added.)

The illustration above is from a 19th century lithograph showing a Barlow, Sanderson & Co. Overland Mail Company stagecoach racing at breakneck speed with a "Jehu" handling the lines.

Courtesy The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. BANC PIC 1963.002:1401--FR