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HISTORIC TRAILS WEST

PO Box 428
Mills, Wyoming 82644 

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Historic Trails West thanks you for visiting.    Web design by: Leslie Brown www.ArtGypsyDecals.com

Phone: 307-266-4868

OUR WAGONS

Step right up into history and take a seat inside our Historic Trails West Wagon Trains.
Our wagons are made similar to the style of Prarie Schooner and Connestoga Wagons. they have mortise and tenon joints in the sides to hold the panels together.

Their strength and quality allowed us to take them

2600 Miles across the Oregon trail in 1993

2500 miles across the California trail in 1999

with very little repair. I shrunk some tires in 1999 on The California trail in Fernley Nevada. 

 

 

 

 

The Conestoga wagon was a large horse-drawn wagon used to haul freight and farm products.

The heavy wagons came into use among farmers in the vicinity of Conestoga, Pennsylvania, in the 1720s.
A characteristic of the Conestoga wagon was that the bottom of the wagon's main box was curved to be somewhat lower in the middle. Heavy loads, when carefully placed in the wagon, would not shift in transit, a major consideration when hauling freight on roads which could be rough. The wagons were sealed to make them waterproof for crossing rivers.
The wagons traditionally had a cover made of canvas which tended to be lower in the middle while rising upward at the front and back of the wagon. These curves in the design gave the Conestoga wagons a graceful look. 
Our wagons are 8 bow wagons,some called them Prairie Schooners.

The larger wagons were used in the earlier days of the trails.

With the loads of goods the Settlers, needed to take to set up a new life, often they would need several wagons.

Farm to market wagons were used when the trail was established and the settlers were able to trade for some goods along the way.

There were 2000 wagon makers ,during the hey day of the trails and they would make you any kind of wagon you would like.

 

Wagons in History

Throughout history we relied on artists like Frederic Remington and others pictured here to capture the moments .  During the settlers times cameras were rare and not likely to be taken on a jostling wagon ride.

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Historic Trails West covered wagon