prairie-schooner love



from The 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.


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  • 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.

    Lippincott's Magazine, October 1885

  • 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.

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands

  • 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.

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands

  • 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.

    They Call Me Carpenter

  • Preceding the young man, the historical prairie-schooner, accompanied by pioneers, continues the procession.

    The Art of the Exposition

  • 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.

    The Prairie Child

  • 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.

    The Prairie Child

  • On the back of one of these lots stood a tumble-down wooden building, and hidden away in this building was the prairie-schooner.

    The Prairie Child

  • 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.

    The Prairie Child

  • 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.

    The Prairie Child


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