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Cape Cod Prairie Schooners

When the West began to call to the venturesome men of the East there was need for vehicles to carry families and their possessions to the frontiers of the West.

Those who stayed at home saw opportunity in the opening of the West but they saw it by staying at home. Isaac Keith of Sandwich built prairie schooners that went across the country in the mad western rush of 1849. Keith later built wooden box cars for the railroads and built up a tremendous business that was finally stilled with the coming of steel cars and competition.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 02/20/06
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