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    • Pa

      I just finished a book by Rinker Buck about how he and his brother drove a covered wagon and three mules more than 2000 miles along the Oregon Trail from the St Joseph Missouri to Portland Oregon. Chapter three was about the history of mules and their importance in North America - a bit of history left out when I took American History in college. One mule named Royal Gift, was a gift from the king of Spain in 1785 to George Washington - British colonists, prior to the revolution, were not allowed to import large breeding jacks from their breeders in France and Spain, dire enemies of Great Britain. Just one of the facts I found interesting in this great tale of history and adventure, broken wheels, wagon wrecks, and all. If you find it as entertaining as I did, please leave a comment here.

    • Chris

      Wait, what?! Someone did that? He and his brother sound like fascinating people:

      https://youtu.be/BbRkB5bnG8c

      It brings up all kinds of questions in my mind. How did they get their news back then? How did they stave off boredom? I can't walk around the block without playing a podcast.

      📷: MPR news

    • Pa

      I love that link - I hadn't thought of exploring Youtube about Rinker's travels. Travelling by covered wagon is probably a bit like travelling by bicycle or even motorcycle in that you are not hidden inside a vehicle safe from the elements, but exposed to cold and rain, and smelling the world as you pass through it. Like on a bike ( either kind ) , maybe you approach kind of a Zen state and just slow down a bit.

    • lidja

      I spent some time wandering around Fort Bridger a few months ago on my way through Wyoming. There was a big covered wagon at the site, and I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, the first RV.” Maybe a little sacrilegious, but kinda true. 😬

    • Pa

      My spouse and I spent a week following the pony express trail from St Joseph west into Wyoming and explored a bit where the pony express trail and the Oregon Trail co-exsted on the way to South Pass. We spent an afternoon at Independence Rock and at Scott's Bluff and other sites along the way https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/independence-rock This image is of Independence Rock

    • Pa

      I was stunned to realize how many original Oregon Trail wagon ruts one can see at Guernsey Wyoming - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Trail_Ruts Very near by is Register Cliffs where folks carved their names and dates in the rock wall as they rested on their way west. I can't verify when this carving was done as there are many in the 20th century as well. There are other sites with initials and inscriptions by the Spanish explorers in New Mexico and Arizona that are interesting as well; as are the petroglyphs of the Paleo-Indians all over the west

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