From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Mogul Wagons

Lumber and logging wagons produced in Hopkinsville, KY



Mogul Wagon in Hopkinsville
The old wagon that sits on the front porch of the former Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home in Hopkinsville is a Mogul Wagon. Hopefully, they have it chained down and padlocked. This beautiful old house which sits just south of First Methodist Church is for sale, but I don't know if the wagon goes with the house or not.

Mogul Wagon Here's a closer look at the wagon. Mogul Wagons were once manufactured in Hopkinsville. If you look through the old wagon catalog at this link, you'll know as much about them as I do. I have not been able to find any other information about them online.

The catalog shows lumber and logging wagons that don't have a box on them like this wagon does. It mentions that the axles and spokes are made of hickory. Hickory wood was used because it has a high tensile strength. Indians used it for bows; pioneers used it for ax handles.

White oak is also specifically mentioned as a material used in the wagon. It's another strong wood that holds fasteners well and doesn't rot easily. I am sure that the white oak and hickory used in these wagons was harvested from the forests in Christian County and the surrounding area.

The Mogul emblem is part of the Founders Square mural in downtown Hopkinsville.

Mogul Wagon emblem

Related post:
More About Mogul Wagons
Mogul Wagons Revisited

Or, see the "Mogul Wagons" label at the end of this post.

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