2006 Events
Season Opens May 1, 2006

 

TRAIL BASICS

Mules or Oxen

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Which would be best to pull your heavy wagons? Mules are strong, can go faster, but are often tricky to handle. Mules also had tendencies to bolt and become unruly. Oxen are slower, but more reliable and tougher than mules. They will eat poor grass. Oxen were very strong and could haul fully-loaded wagons up ravines or drag them out of mudholes. A large wagon needed at least three pairs of oxen to pull it.

Trail Basics
The Trek West
The Starting Point
The Wagon
Mules or Oxen
Supplies
A Day on the Trail
Dangers
Indians