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Conestoga wagon   /kˌɑnəstˈoʊgə wˈægən/   Listen
Conestoga wagon

A large wagon with broad wheels and an arched canvas top; used by the United States pioneers to cross the prairies in the 19th century.  Synonyms: Conestoga, covered wagon, prairie schooner, prairie wagon.

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"Conestoga wagon" Quotes from Famous Books

... many roads, as well as by various topographical conditions, a splendid example of a true American vehicle, one which was for a long time the highest type of a commodious freight-carrier in this or any other country—the Conestoga wagon, "the finest wagon the world has ever known." They were first used in any considerable number about 1760. They had broad wheel-tires, and one of the peculiarities was a decided curve in the bottom, analogous to that of a galley or ...
— Home Life in Colonial Days • Alice Morse Earle

Words linked to "Conestoga wagon" :   caravan, train, wagon, prairie wagon, prairie schooner, Conestoga, covered wagon, waggon, wagon train

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