The Prairie Schooner was one way that pioneers travelled. The Prairie Schooner was a large wagon with a framework over it. The frame was covered with white canvas. The wagons measured over a meter in width (four feet) and three and a half meters long (11.5 feet). This wagon was a family’s home for months.
The Prairie Schooner was a covered wagon that was a home for settler families until they got their houses built.
In the wagon was everything that the family would need:
- House items (bedding, clothing, pots, pans, dishes, butter churn, washtub, and pails)
- Food and water
- Hunting gear (guns and ammunition)
- Tools (crowbar, axes, shovels, and hammers) were often hung on the sides of the wagon
We’re grateful for the hard work that the settlers endured settling the Prairies.