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Early Americans relied on carts and wagons much as modern Americans depend on trucks and trailers. Any time there was something to haul, or a number of people on the same journey, various types of simple, sturdy vehicles would be used, including freight wagons, covered wagons, stagecoaches for passengers, and more.

1880 Town, SD - Livery and Elixer

1880 Town, SD - Livery and Elixer

1880 Town, SD - Wells Fargo

1880 Town, SD - Wells Fargo

1886 Wagon

1886 Wagon

American Express and employees, 1858

American Express and employees, 1858

Amish In Missouri

Amish In Missouri

Army Train Crossing Plains, 1858

Army Train Crossing Plains, 1858

Bannack, MT - Barn and Wagon

Bannack, MT - Barn and Wagon

Bannack, MT - Old Wagons

Bannack, MT - Old Wagons

Birmingham, AL - Wagon Boy

Birmingham, AL - Wagon Boy

Boy in front of Beer Parlor, 1910

Boy in front of Beer Parlor, 1910

Bull Train

Bull Train

California Bound, 1850

California Bound, 1850

California Miners in front of stagecoach, 1894

California Miners in front of stagecoach, 1894

Civil War Wagon, 1865

Civil War Wagon, 1865

Conestoga Freight Wagon

Conestoga Freight Wagon

Covered Wagon, NE, 1886

Covered Wagon, NE, 1886

Custer, ID - Stage Stop

Custer, ID - Stage Stop

Custer, ID - Wagon

Custer, ID - Wagon

Deadwood, SD - Last Stagecoach, 1890

Deadwood, SD - Last Stagecoach, 1890

Deadwood, SD - Stagecoach, 1889

Deadwood, SD - Stagecoach, 1889