We talk about the types of waggons, used during the different times on the trail, on our Historic Trails West Wagon Trains.
Our wagons are made similar to the style of Conestoga Waggons. they have mortis and tenon joints in the sides to hold the panels together. This is very strong,enabling us to take them 2600 Miles across the Oregon trail in 1993 and 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 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 waggons were used in the earlier days of the trails.
With the loads of good the Settlers, needed to take to set up a new life, often they would need several waggons.
Farm to market waggons 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 waggon you would like.