Campfires Best Part of Travel by Covered Wagon

When traveling by covered wagon, quiet interludes after supper were happy times before hardships hit.

| Good Old Days

Twenty-seven of us – five families in five wagons and two old buggies – traveled by covered wagon to our claims in what is now the Panhandle of Oklahoma. It was grass as far as you could see.

We made quite a train and had a good time together. When we camped at night, we left our campfire burning after supper. The children played games in the twilight, and we grownups sat around the fire and talked and joked. I look back now and see how happy we were. We didn't know then the hardships that were ahead of us.

Mrs. A.H. Turner
Elkhart, Kansas

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s WEEKLY asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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