I am nothing if not a student of history. I believe the past has many things to teach us, and so, when I have a spare moment or two, I find it enjoyable -- and instructive -- to pay a visit to the DeCamp website to read up on the company's history.
It is full of colorful characters -- like soldier-turned-stagecoach-operator Maj. Jonathan DeCamp, blacksmith-turned-stagecoach-operator Benjamin "Cap" DeCamp, and dentist-turned-stagecoach-operator Ralph DeCamp (who devoted "much thoughtful consideration" to the agonizing question of whether to give up dentistry for the family business, which tells you something) -- as well as their bold deeds and even bolder mustaches.
Sometimes I have to shake my head in wonder when I read a passage that shows just how far we've come from those early days. For example:
Built along the lines of an open-air trolley car, the first DeCamp motorbus was large and awkward to maneuver. It also struggled to climb the arduous slopes of the First Mountain. At times passengers had to get out and walk and sometimes even help push the bus over the top the hill!
Just imagine! Now, of course, you wouldn't have to push.