The Chicago Wagon

“In the early days of freighting to Salt Lake Valley, it was thought that a round trip could not be made in one season. There was in addition a great demand in the valley for wagons that were adaptable to farm use. As a result, the salt Lake freighters used the ‘Chicago’ wagon with a bed twelve feet in length, three and one-half feet in width, and eighteen inches in depth, and a carrying capacity of twenty-five hundred to thirty-five hundred pounds, usually drawn by three yoke of oxen. On arriving in Salt Lake City, the freighters sold the wagons, all accessories, and the draft animals. A wagon that cost $120 in the States brought $500 in Salt Lake City. On the other hand, the trail-worn cattle sold at a heavy discount.”