We are under a heat advisory until Tuesday night. I did an early morning walk and my hair was wet by the time I got back. It’s the humidity that will make it miserable.
I wondered what I would take with me on the trail if I was to go. I found some items that would be important. here is a lot more to bring along and I will get to that at another time. It is too much for one post.
The trail started at Independence, Missouri. That’s probably where most people bought supplies.
Here are two maps. The first is a combination topographical map done by Mathew Trump, Wikipedia Commons. The second is a trail map from the National Parks Service.
A Dutch Oven was needed to cook over a campfire. They were made of cast iron. This picture is from McClures Magazine and I found it in Wikipedia Commons.
The next picture is of a pot that is just like a Dutch Oven and it is shown sitting directly on the fire. The picture is from Wikipedia Commons.
I drew a picture of a cast iron triangle that would be unfolded and placed over the campfire. There would be a loop at the top or something like it to hang a pot from the S hook.
You would need a wooden bucket to carry water. This picture is of a new one . This picture is by GRegorsheer from English Wikipedia.
To carry a lot of water and foodstuffs, you need barrels that go on the wagon. For water, you would have a tight barrel that wouldn’t leak. You would keep a bit of water in it at all times to keep the wood from drying out. You would fill it before a dry stretch of trail.
This picture is of oak wine barrels. They are tight barrels and new. The picture is by Gerard Prins, Wikipedia Commons.
A washboard and tub were needed to wash clothing. You had homemade soap and used water from a river or another water source.
This is a picture of a washboard and tub, newer than what was used on the trail. The picture is by, Heldge Reider, Wikipedia Commons.
The covered wagon was used to travel the trail. It had strong wire hoops attached to the wooden frame and canvas wast put over them. The canvas could be rolled up. They didn’t ride in the wagons during the day unless someone was ill or for another reason. The dust and the bumpy ride were very uncomfortable.
This is a picture of a covered wagon by, Larry D. Moore, Wikipedia Commons.
To pull the wagons. they used Oxen or Mules. Oxen were the first choice because they were strong and had stamina. Mule were a second choice because of their strength. Horses were not able to pull the wagons and would die.
This is a picture of a pair of yoked Oxen. It is by, Anns from Eagle WI, USA, Wikipedia Commons.
This last picture is of a mule carrying a pack. On the trail, mules would be hitched to the wagons. The picture is by, Darrio u, Wikipedia.