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January 23, 2009

Freighters of the Early Days

What was it like back in the days before the railroads covered the west?

I know the railroads came to Arizona fairly late compared with some other parts of the country. What I am wondering is how merchandise and supplies and so forth got moved around before the trains came. Did they use mule trains, or were people very self-reliant back then and didn't have to depend on a lot of traffic from the outside?

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Read the rest of the story in The Arizona Republic at http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/2009/01/23/20090123azhist0123.html

Posted by Guest Contributor at January 23, 2009 05:34 AM

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