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The covered wagon, also known as a Prairie schooner, is an icon of the American Old West.
Although covered wagons were commonly used for shorter moves within the United States, in the mid-nineteenth century thousands of Americans took them across the Great Plains to Oregon and California. Overland immigrants typically used farm wagons, fitting them with five or six wooden bows that arched from side to side across the wagon bed, then stretching canvas or some other sturdy cloth over the bows, creating the cylindrical cover.
Covered wagons were primarily used to transport goods. Small children, the elderly, and the sick or injured rode in them, but since the wagons had no suspension and the roads were rough, many people preferred to walk, unless they had horses to ride.
While covered wagons traveling short distances on good roads could be drawn by horses, those crossing the plains were usually drawn by a team of two or more pairs of oxen. These were driven by a teamster or drover, who walked at the left side of the team and directed the oxen with verbal commands and whipcracks. Mules were also used; they were harnessed and driven by someone sitting in the wagon seat holding the reins.
One covered wagon generally represented five people. A well-to-do family might have two or three wagons, or a group of single men traveling together might share a wagon. While crossing the plains, emigrants banded together to form wagon trains for mutual assistance and occasionally defense. The covered wagons and wagon trains were retired late before the era of cars and planes.
Prairie schooner is a fanciful name for the covered wagon; the white canvas covers of the wagons crossing the prairies reminded some writers of the sails of a ship at sea.

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I used my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT 350D, with EOS Lens 18 – 55mm.

Shutter Speed………………………1/100 sec.
Focal Length………………………..25.0 mm.
Aperture Setting…………………..F/7.1
ISO Speed…………………………..400


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I have recently been featured in NYC at the Photographer’s Expo, and won a action category competition with SanDisk Extreme Team, October 2010. I was featured on National Geographic’s web site in August 2007, and was an International award winner in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2008. This year I have been featured on Idaho Magazine in the October issue, In Idaho’s Blue Book, and in December will be featured on Outdoor Idaho’s web page..“The State of our Parks.” and show.

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  • jadeast
    jadeastover 4 years ago

    Hey this was the latest technology for the time, Four horsepower and wooden wheels with steel tires and custome paint job! Excellent image Charlene

  • Sometimes I think technology has ruined us. I actually would like to own one. Thank you for stopping in, I have missed you. :)

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  • Thank you for having me. Love this group!

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you for your continued support.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • frogster
    frogsterover 4 years ago

    Now could you picture traveling accross the states in that. nice one

  • Yes I can, would not mind trying it.
    thank you my dear friend for you unwaving support. Love to you and yours.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Gary L   Suddath
    Gary L Suddathover 4 years ago

    great capture b&w works great

  • Thank you for your continued support.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Kool shot and great title!

  • Hi AB, thanks for all your continued support…You are appreciated more than you know.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    wow absolutly a wonderful capture, stunning,dawnx

  • Thank you Dawn, your continued support means so much.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    great catch

  • Thank you Sean you are a wonderful friend.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • jadeast
    jadeastover 4 years ago

    Well, I for one don’t miss getting up before daylight, to feed the horses/mules/oxen, shoveling manure, putting a seventy five pound harnesses on each animal, Pulling the wheels of to grease the axles. A time when how well you ate depended on how good a hunter and how plentiful the game was or what kind of crop you could raise this year. When being barefoot in the summer wasn’t just a pleasure, it was a necessity!
    Yep give me the modern luxuries, like fresh eggs in the morning, a daily shower with HOT water, toilet paper, not waking up in the morning with snow on my bed, not having to cut wood by hand power if I wanted to be warm that night. There is some technology I can do without, but for the most part, I’m thankful for where we’re at! My father was dead at my age. When the covered wagon was in it’s heyday, the life expectancy of a male was just over 40 years. Yep I’m spoiled and glad it happened to the generation who appreciates it!!!

  • Don’t get me wrong I do appreciate some technology… and appreciate it too, and don’t take anything for granted. My husband and I serve the people of this country, as OTR truck drivers delivering food across this nation. I know if it had to be done by horse and wagon, many would suffer. I do not get to take a shower every day, and sometimes not even every other day. I wish I could have eggs for breakfast every morning, but alas affording it is impossible. We live a very simple life in this truck, I have never known the joys of owning a home, and I have wished for a home all my life. Now at our age, I figure it was just not mean’t to be, and I am ok with that. Many people take for granted having food on their tables everyday, time with family, We have very little of that, and truck driving pays less than most will ever know. For instance after all expenses we average about $300 weekly. Our adjusted gross income for last year was $14,000. Believe me I am grateful for the technology used for good.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

  • jadeast
    jadeastover 4 years ago

    I came from VERY poor beginnings Charlene, so I have an appreciation for the comforts we have and have empathy for those who don’t have all that.
    I saw an evening news show a couple of years back about OTR drivers and was appalled at how little they net after expenses! Do you ever get to the eastern part of the U S?

  • Yes, infact we just came from the east. Heading home now, I had a severe reaction to some medicine and have to get to a hospital, and want to go to one near my family. I even took pictures of the swollen eyes, I am unable to talk, my tongue is very swollen, bright red, and has blisters on it. We were in New York State, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Just to name a few. I had such a wonderful time with my husband on this trip. When I have to come off the truck it is so hard to be away from him, and I thank God for my photography to keep me busy, and Redbubble for that matter.

    – Charlene Aycock IPA

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