Saturday, October 13, 2012

Conestoga Wagon

Where: American History Museum

When: through January 2, 2013

Seems amazing to be reviewing things that will be closing in 2013, but there you are - time does march along, whether we wish it to or not. I've been going to the Smithsonian regularly since late 2009, so I've been at this a while now.

The wagon that is on display here was built in the 1840s or 1850s.  These wagons originated around 1750 in southeastern Pennsylvania, near the Conestoga River, hence the name.  Note that Conestoga Wagons did not carry people (that would be a prairie schooner - something I didn't realize when I started looking at it - that's part of the point - learning things), but freight only.  Their territory was between the coast and the inland, meaning West Virginia and Ohio.

Verdict: If you're at the museum anyway, take five minutes and have a look.

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