California Co.'s stages leaving International Hotel, Virginia City, for California via Donner Lake, 1866

's stages leaving International Hotel, Virginia City, for California via Donner Lake. Part of the Lawrence & Houseworth Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.

Virginia City, NV - Pioneer Stage leaving Wells  Fargo 1866.

Virginia City, Nevada - Pioneer Stage leaving Wells Fargo, by Lawrence and Houseworth. Vintage photo restored by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

Nellie Egan - Only Woman Stage Drive in California (Date unknown)    Check out our picture catalog collections for more great photos!

Nellie Egan - Only Woman Stage Drive in California (Date unknown) Check out our picture catalog collections for more great photos!

The Prairie Schooner was the first choice for long-distance family travel across the American prairies in the 1800s. The discovery of gold in California in 1848 and the 1862 Homestead Act sent many daring souls in the eastern United States on a 2000 mile adventure into the west, and he primary choice of transportation for pioneer families and fortune hunters was a practical one: a cloth-covered wagon.

The Prairie Schooner was heavily used by emigrants traveling to the western frontier. The schooners were much lighter than heavier covered wagons, which required a six-horse team. The prairie schooner could be drawn by as few as two horses or oxen.

Anaheim, California. In the days of old. What a beautiful sight.

My grandparents are Childers who grew up in Guthrie and mullhall. Their parents owned land, a bank and bar I believe. Not sure this has any relation though.

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