Yesterday in Norwich, Ohio (about 7 miles east of Zanesville) I visited the National Road/ Zane Gray Museum. The National Road exhibit had an awesome diorama that stretched around a large room. I couldn't resist using my cheap point and shoot camera to make a video to document it.
In the center of the room, they had parked a Conestoga wagon. These massive vehicles were the semi-trucks of their era, and nearly every manufactured or imported good in early 19th century Columbus came over the mountains from Philadelphia in one of these:
|Conestoga wagon dating to 1800. Specialized for mountain travel, Conestogas were never used much in the Great Plains further west.|
|Wagons normally traveled in trains like this. By the 1830s many elegant stone bridges like this one had been constructed. Some of them were built in an odd S shape, for which no one has a ready explanation.|
|The mule or horse teams were fed using the long trough that stowed on the back of the wagon.|