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Conestoga Wagon
Masterpiece of the Blacksmith

Arthur L. Reist

"The development of a distinctive type of farm wagon which eventually evolved into a freight carrier used during the early history of America had its beginnings in the Conestoga Valley of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Blacksmiths whose backgrounds were from German and Swiss ancestry attained a high degree of skill in making a wagon suited for the poor traveling conditions of the days when roads were no more than ruts through the countryside. The evolution of this vehicle, with its fine proportions and beautifully functional and decorative ironwork, soo became a popular and highly sought-after conveyance…"-from the Introduction. This book offers a comprehensive history of the Conestoga Wagon through text, and black and white photos and illustrations. Includes a listing of "Common Sayings and Terminology Associated with the Conestoga Wagon" and Bibliography.



52 pages, Paperback, B&W Images, 8.5" x 11", © 1975
Order Number: VAP437 …..$16.95


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