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Conestoga Wagon, Indian Echo Caverns - Near Hummelstown, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 40° 15.242 W 076° 43.012
18T E 353989 N 4457366
Quick Description: This wagon has a sign that states that these wagons, named after the valley in Pennsylvania that they were first made, were the main wagons that carried people and freight over the Allegheny Mountains.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 11/27/2014 6:46:24 AM
Waymark Code: WMMZ2Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member frivlas
Views: 2

Long Description:
Near Hummelstown, on the grounds of Indian Echo Caverns, is this display for a Conestoga covered wagon.

To get to Indian Echo Caverns, from Route 322, take the exit for Middletown Road, then turn south AWAY from Hummelstown and go on Middletown road until you see the sign for the caverns on the right. Turn onto the driveway and drive to the end where the gift shop and the wagon is visible. You do not need to pay the admission to see the wagon.

The display is a full-sized wagon bounded by a wooden boundary with rope. The vehicle has a wooden chassis, wooden spoked wheels, and a white cloth cover. There is a sign at one end that says:

"The Conestoga wagon
was a sturdy wagon used by American pioneers. The wagon was named for the Conestoga Valley in Pennsylvania where it was first built during the early 1700's. Conestoga wagons carried most of the freight and people that moved westward over the Allegheny Mountains from the 1700's until about 1850. These wagons are sometimes called the 'camels of the prairies.'

Another source stated that these wagons have been erroneously associated with the wagons that carried people to the far west. These wagons were too heavy for that journey.

I have no idea how accurate this display shows a Conestoga type wagon. Still, it's a nice display.

Source:

History.com (Conestoga Wagon):
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Indian Echo Caverns:
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