A history of America’s transportation, Part 2

The covered wagon—‘Go west young man’ ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The covered wagon and stagecoaches superseded more rudimentary means of travel in the United States, both for commerce and personal travel. Of course, the old story of East and West never meeting became the national challenge. Until the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Ohio River was our western frontier and for several years thereafter. It wasn’t until sometime afterward that wagon trains began to assemble in great numbers to cross the mighty Mississippi and venture into what was then known as the wild, wild west. As delineated in last week’s episode, Americans have always been on the move—by

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