red river carts


Large, spoked wheels made the carts easy to draw through the tall grasses, rugged terrain, and shallow streams of the Prairie Provinces


very loud with squeaky wheels

hard on axles because no oil was used

the structure

The harness was made of buffalo hide. The animal stood between the twelve foot long shafts. A large box sat on the shafts. When the box was full, boards could be slipped in the sides to stop things from falling out of the cart. The big wheels kept the box high off the ground so the cart cleared tree stumps and rocks. This also made it easier to go through mud. The cart did not tip over easily because of the high wheels.