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These two sketches of wind wagons have been clipped from unidentified newspapers. This innovation of the Kansas territorial period capitalized on an abundant natural resource, wind. In 1860 wind wagons, sometimes called sailing wagons, received considerable attention in the press. Similar to an ordinary light wagon, they weighed about 350 pounds and had a bed about three feet wide, eight feet long, and six inches deep. A sail or sails raised over the center of the front axle propelled the wagons. When the wind blew in the right direction the wagons were reported to skim over the prairies at about 15 miles per hour, with speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

Date: Between 1860 and 1890

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Item Number: 318937
Call Number: He.56 Win *1-2
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 318937

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