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Wagon's West by Tsisqua-Ugidali Wagon's West by Tsisqua-Ugidali
The Wagon
Many of the wagons used in wagon trains in the mid 1800's were simply farm wagons, not at all like the heavy, sway-backed Consetoga wagons used in Pennsylvania at that time. Seldom, also, were they called "prairie schooners". Light but sturdy, they had three basic parts -the bed, the running gear, and the top. The bed was a wooden box about nine or ten feet long and four feet wide, with sides and ends about two or three feet high. The axles and tongues were made of well-seasoned hickory, ash, oak or other hardwood; many companies carried extras, for these parts were known to snap and give way at stream crossings and steep declines. The wheels had to be extremely tough, and the rims or tires were made of iron. The tops or covers, made of canvas or some other thick cloth that had been waterproofed with linseed or other oil, were stretched over five or six bows of hickory.
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Daggles67 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I always loved the romanticism of the wild west when I was young,
I suppose I watched too much Little house on the prairie,
but it brings it back to reality when you realise how hard they actually had it.
What family would spend all day in a wagon now days,
just to get supplies  or to go to town all the while hoping there wasn't an axel breakage near a steep cliff. Definitely built them tough back then:)
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Professional Photographer
It was very hard.  No one would do that now.  Nor do they ride horses, donkey's or mules. 
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Daggles67 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Horses up our way are still the norm, I don't ride though now. We still get camels and horses doing the National trail,
But there was a lady from England that was using  donkeys for the trail ride,
they were doing the hauling and she was walking behind them, from Melbourne to the tip of Queensland, Legendary
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic photo 
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Photographer
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Maria-Schreuders Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You're so welcome   :BlackEyedSusan: - NaNoEmo 09 
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gizemlianilar Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
A very nice work!
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you sincerely..
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gizemlianilar Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
You are most welcome! It is always a pleasure for me!
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finhead4ever Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017
nice photo!
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you sincerely..
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MeFlysBySeatOfPants Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome capture!  Thanks for the info, too!
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Tsisqua-Ugidali Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thank you sincerely..
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