Wagon Trains

By: Lauren Carpenter

Wagons Ho!!!

You wouldn’t want to ride in a wagon train. It was a long dangerous trip. Many people died and sometimes food was scares. It was hard traveling by wagon but it was the cheapest way!

How Fast They Travel

Wagon trains were very slow. They travel 2 miles per hour so they only travel about 10 miles a day and it was a 2000 mile drive. So it took them 5 to 6 months to get from Missouri to California.

The Ride

The wagon trains were not really fun to ride in because they had no springs so it was very bumpy. The only people that got to ride were the elderly, very small children, and pregnant women. Most people walked the whole 2000 miles.

Bull Whackers

Some people hired bull whackers. They would give instructions that the oxen would follow. If they said gee the oxen would turn right. If he said haw the oxen would turn left and if he said whoa they would stop. Bull whackers were expensive.

What They Bring

A normal family of 4 would bring 800 pounds of flour, 200 pounds of lard, 700 pounds of bacon, 200 pounds of beans, 100 pounds of fruit, 75 pounds of coffee, and 25 pounds of salt. Wagon trains also need to carry a shovel and cooking utensils. They needed blankets and supplies to sleep with during the night. Some people brought furniture, but it was usually abandon on the side of the rode.

Finaly There

It was a cheap way to travel but it was very hard. People lost lives and it was very long. it was very inportant to them to have a better life.