(Review of popular images, part II)

I know, I know, this doesn’t quite look like the covered wagons of Hollywood fame — no canvas top, no tar seal between its planks to help it float across rivers, no harness for the oxen… yet this pile of old wood and rusty metal has something those sleek reproductions don’t… Something that can’t be purchased with money nor copied in a wood shop… Authenticity!   This is the real thing… or what remains of it — the frame of an actual Conestoga wagon used in the westward migration of the mid-to-late 1800s…

It lay there in a farm, not far from the actual Oregon trail that brought it to its final resting place, still recognizable, its form preserved by Central Oregon’s dry climate, East of the mountains…

(Or at least it did lie there when I first recorded its image in October of 2005)
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