apwagontrain.jpg
There could be 100 wagons in a wagon train!!!

The Wagon Train!!!
A wagon train was a group of covered wagons that traveled together in the mid 1800’s on their long trip to the West. There are about 80 wagons in a wagon train. It was safer to travel with a big group of pioneers, and they could always help each other if something broke or someone got sick. The Pioneers would travel in a single file line. The wagon train looked like a big slow train moving in the grass. You can still see the ruts the wagons made on the trail today!!! The wagon train was lead by men that had been on the trail before. They are called guides. The trail guide is the captain of the train. The guide would check on the train every day to make sure everything was okay. The children in the wagon train had to go to school no matter what!!! The guide always knew the way because of the landmarks. At night the men would be on the look out for Indians and wild animals. If the trail was wide enough they would some times spread out to get away from dust. People did not like to be in the back because the dust would go in their eyes, so they would rotate who was in the front or the back. The last trip to go to Oregon was in 1880’s. I hope you liked it!!!! By AphroditeP.


WYwagontrain.jpg
The wagon train moving West!








=

=