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By: Raymond Powell

Early settling of our area and further west is interesting in that the mode was very crude and difficult. There were two primary methods. The main way was by boat to New Orleans and up the Mississippi to the Red River by water. The other was overland from the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama by mule or Oxen drawn wagons. The water route was less difficult but much more expensive and that eliminated most of our ancestors. Overland was cheaper but was a very slow and tedious method.

Transporting family, necessary household items, laborers, animals, and etc. was almost prohibitive for everyone except the most wealthy and if the family was that wealthy the desire to move westward was not very enticing. Therefore, almost everyone came in groups of wagons with the wife driving the wagon and only the small children and girls riding with her.


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