Conestoga wagon

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Perhaps introduced by settlers from the Conestoga Valley of Pennsylvania in about 1725.


Conestoga wagon (plural Conestoga wagons)

  1. A large cart with a canvas cover drawn by mules, oxen or horses and used extensively during the Westward Expansion of the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    • 1860, Author, Annals of Luzerne County: A Record of Interesting Events, Traditions, and Anecdotes, J.B. Lippincott & Co., page 344,
      During the summer and fall the covered broad-wheeled Conestoga wagons, moved by four or six splendid draught-horses, were constantly employed in transporting the productions of the county to market.

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