Conestoga Wagon and Hand-Pumped Fire Engine
Please note: the fire engine is now on view next to the John Bull in 1 East.
Covered wagons have long held an important place in the real and storied past of the nation by enabling settlement to spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Until the 1850s, Conestoga wagons such as this one helped settlers just beyond the mid-Atlantic region compete in national and even world markets. Hauling supplies and finished goods over the Allegheny Mountains to what was then the western frontier and returning to Philadelphia and Baltimore with the agricultural bounty of the land, wagons were part of the commercial life blood of the nation. Today, after more than a century of disuse, covered wagons still hold an evocative place in the memory of the American experience.