Covered Wagon

For two centuries, the main way to travel across the United States of America was the covered wagon.

Some covered-wagons were shaped like boats and could float across streams.

To pull the wagons, popular choices were oxen, mules, or horses.

For safety, travelers organized into groups that they called wagon trains.

It took four to six months to travel between Missouri and the Pacific Ocean. 


See imagesbyvandyne on for more photos.