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Prairie schooner   /prˈɛri skˈunər/   Listen
Prairie schooner

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, Conestoga wagon, covered wagon, prairie wagon.

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"Prairie schooner" Quotes from Famous Books

... was inaugurated in 1861, no railroad crossed the plains. The horse, the stagecoach, the pack train, the prairie schooner, [2] were the means of transportation, and but few routes of travel were well defined. The Great Salt Lake and California trail, starting in Kansas, followed the north branch of the Platte River to the mountains, crossed the South ...
— A Brief History of the United States • John Bach McMaster

... some cowponies hitched to rails in front of several of the saloons; in front of a store he observed a canvas-covered wagon which he recognized (from sketches he had seen) as a "prairie schooner"; in front of another store he saw a spring wagon of the "buckboard" variety. That was all. The aroma of sage-brush filled his nostrils; the fine, flint-like, powdered alkali dust lay thick everywhere. It was ...
— The Coming of the Law • Charles Alden Seltzer

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

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