Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The white-tilted wagon used by emigrants in freighting on the prairies and great plains before the construction of transcontinental railroads.
“But the arid southern country proved inconvenient, and collecting their effects in a prairie-schooner and driving their flocks before them, they effected a masterly change of base, which brought them two hundred miles to the northward and set them down in a delightful pasture-land, watered by three pretty creeks, near one of which they erected an adobe hut.”
“Stuart was a "forty-niner," who had crossed the continent in a prairie-schooner as a boy and had drifted into Virginia City in the days of its hot youth.”
“There he secured supplies and a prairie-schooner, hiring the ranchman himself, a rugged old plainsman, to drive it to the camp by the ice-bound river.”
“Now the mob stormed the entrance, and brushed the door-keepers to one side, and unbolted and swung back the big gates, and a swarm of yelling maniacs rushed the lumbering prairie-schooner up the slope into the building.”
“Preceding the young man, the historical prairie-schooner, accompanied by pioneers, continues the procession.”
“Then he strode away and proceeded to dress on the other side of the prairie-schooner, without so much as a second look at us.”
“Tumble-Weed and Tithonus to the old prairie-schooner -- for we'll be taking side-trails where no car could venture -- and pike off for a whole blessed day of care-free picnicking.”
“On the back of one of these lots stood a tumble-down wooden building, and hidden away in this building was the prairie-schooner.”
“Struthers has sent me a very satisfactory report from Casa Grande, which I dreamed last night had burned to the ground, compelling me and my kiddies to live in the old prairie-schooner, laboriously pulled about the prairie by Tithonus and Calamity Kate.”
“They had told Dinky-Dunk it wasn't a really-truly authentic prairie-schooner, since practically all of the trekking north of the Fiftieth Parallel has been done by means of the Red River cart.”
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