Saturday, May 1, 2010

Those That Came Before Us

In the 1860s Oregon pioneers and their teams of oxen, mules and heavy draft horses drawing Conestoga wagons ventured east to west looking forward for good land and a new life. In the years following the discovery of Gold in California in 1849 another migration took much the same path. These thousands of travelers left wagon ruts in their wake that still show sign of their passage.

The photo above is from Guernsey State Park in Wyoming. This shows the best how the wagons left ruts in the landscape. The wheels not only cut through the earth but also there is a center higher rut from the grease bucket hung on the back of the wagon for greasing the wheels. They certainly embarked on a "Road Trip"!

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