What is wagon train?

  • (noun): A procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file.
    Example: "They joined the wagon train for safety"
    Synonyms: caravan, train

Wagon Train

A wagon train is a group of wagons traveling together. In the American West, individuals traveling across the plains in covered wagons banded together for mutual assistance, as is reflected in numerous films and television programs about the region, such as Audie Murphy's Tumbleweed and Ward Bond and John McIntire's Wagon Train series on NBC and later ABC. Although most trains elected a captain and created bylaws, in reality the captain had little authority. His role was largely confined to getting everyone moving in the morning and selecting when and where to camp at night.

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Barbara Stanwyck Filmography - Television
... Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series 1961 Wagon Train Maud Frazer Episode The Maud Frazer Story General Electric Theater Lili Parrish Episode Star Witness The Lili Parrish ... Aggie' Stewart Episodes Elegy and Search for a Dead Man 1963–1964 Wagon Train Kate Crawley Episodes The Molly Kincaid Story and The Kate Crawley Story 1964 ...
Wagon Train - Organization and Movement
... Membership in wagon trains was generally fluid and wagons frequently joined or left trains depending on the needs and wishes of their owners ... for instance, might force someone to fall behind and wait for the next train, or an emigrant might "whip up" to overtake a forward train after a quarrel ... Although "train" suggests a line of wagons, when the terrain permitted the wagons would often fan out and travel abreast to minimize the amount of dust each wagon encountered ...
Terry Wilson (actor) - Life and Career
... Wilson was with Wagon Train for the entire eight seasons and worked with all the other stars on the program, including Ward Bond, Robert Horton, John McIntire, Robert Fuller ... After Wagon Train, Wilson appeared in several other westerns, including ABC's Custer and Hondo in 1967, in Don Knotts' The Shakiest Gun in the West ... specifically requested Wilson and McGrath to be regulars on Wagon Train ...
Warren Wagon Train Raid
... The Warren Wagon Train Raid, also known as the Salt Creek Massacre, occurred on May 18, 1871 ... The wagon train quickly shifted into a ring formation, and all the mules were put into the center of the ring ...
Calamity Jane - Acquiring The Nickname
... that nickname by 1876, because the arrival of the Hickok wagon train was reported in the Deadwood newspaper, the Black Hills Pioneer, on July 15, 1876, with the headline, "Calamity Jane has arrived ... rode to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and later, in July 1876, she joined a wagon train headed north ... She was at Fort Laramie in July 1876 and did join a wagon train that included Wild Bill Hickok ...

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    We joined long wagon trains moving south; we met hundreds of wagons going north; the roads east and west were crawling lines of families traveling under canvas, looking for work, for another foothold somewhere on the land.... The country was ruined, the whole world was ruined; nothing like this had ever happened before. There was no hope, but everyone felt the courage of despair.
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    The train was now going fast. Franz suddenly clutched his side, transfixed by the thought that he had lost his wallet which contained so much.
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    We joined long wagon trains moving south; we met hundreds of wagons going north; the roads east and west were crawling lines of families traveling under canvas, looking for work, for another foothold somewhere on the land.... The country was ruined, the whole world was ruined; nothing like this had ever happened before. There was no hope, but everyone felt the courage of despair.
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886–1968)