WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO CROSS TEXAS BY WAGON TRAIN

by Bartee Haile

A government wagon train forded the Red River on Aug. 23, 1857 and began the long, hard trip across the Lone Star State. Ever wonder what it was like to travel in Texas in those hot and dangerous days before cars, trains, planes and — heaven forbid! — air conditioning? While most voyagers were too busy staying alive to record their impressions for posterity, a member of an 1850’s odyssey kept an unusually detailed daily log that provides a rare first-hand account.

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