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    A CONESTOGA WAGON THAT WENT WEST ON THE OREGON TRAIL IN 1850 - Pioneers of the American 'West', which at the time of the production of this iconic 'covered wagon' were traveling the Oregon Trail to the unsettled western frontier of America, would recognize this as their gateway to the West. Also known as 'Prairie Schooners' because of the unique body style, shaped like a boat. It was used to haul settlers and their possessions to their new homes in the West. This rare heavy Conestoga has a verbal history of starting it's trek in a wagon train from Independence, Missouri over the Oregon Trail. It is one of the few known to exist that made it all the way to the west coast; as most were abandoned in the Foot Hills of the Rocky Mountains.

    The wagon offered here is a rare example of master Pennsylvania craftsmanship that would take daring early Americans to the 'West'. Virtually everything seen here was crafted by hand, maintained across the prairie with hand tools to the families final western destination. Braced with iron throughout, the wheels are attached with linch pins and are correct to the wagon. And also has display bows and the floor has been replaced. Considering the trek this wagon made, it rolls incredibly well and is in excellent original condition. It has slanted front and rear panels, original tool box on the left side. The Conestogas were painted blue on the upper part of the wagon while the running gear was red and the wagon's front wheels were smaller than the back, so the wagon would be pulled by four to six oxen.

    This Conestoga wagon is among the greatest icons of the American West. It is a historically important and rare showpiece in remarkable condition.




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    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    11th Sunday
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