Wagon Train 3

On the Trail

More on wagon trains today.  This time I’ve found a couple of Reader’s Digest graphics and a wagon diagrams from Time Life’s The Old West: The Pioneers that shows the common wagons used in the wagon trains.  It’s interesting to note the fabled Conestoga wagon’s which were built in Pennsylvania were a bit larger than the other legendary wagon known as the Prairie Schooner.  It seems the Conestoga was too large for animals to pull over long distances so the enterprising teamsters downsized it and made designs better suited to the long overland treks.  A Prairie Schooner stood about 10-12′ tall and was about 4-5′ wide and weighed about 1300 pounds.  It was pulled by teams of 4-6 oxen or 6-10 mules.


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