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January 23, 2009

Transportation in the Early Days

Today's news article, in the Guest Contributors column, got me curious about early wagon trains. A search on Internet yielded this fascinating find.

There is a little book called "The Story of Arizona" by William Henry Robinson. It can be read in its entirety on Google Books. The part I found intriguing is Chapter XVII - Transportation After the War. It tells of pack trains, stages, mule freighters and the lowly burros that were so much an essential part of life in the west.

Follow this link to read Chapter XVII

It always amazes me how those men and their faithful equines where able to accomplish such feats before the time of trucks and the railroad. History is so fascinating! I'm going to have to sit down and read the rest of the book now.

Here is a photo of a modern day 20-mule team pulling restored borax wagons. They are being driven in the original jerk-line style.


Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at January 23, 2009 06:58 AM