Horse Drawn Wagons Return to Duty on the Homefront!
Delivery wagons such as this Express wagon were put back into service during World War II, when some American companies parked their gasoline powered delivery trucks and returned to horse drawn wagons to support the American cause. Note the sign on the side of the Chicago Sun wagon: “Saving Tire Miles for Uncle Sam”.
Ventura Transfer Delivery Wagon
This particular wagon is a heavy platform spring express wagon. It was a heavy haul delivery wagon
that served the oil industry and aqueduct construction starting in the 1890’s in Ventura, California. Ventura Transfer was the dominant transportation company of that area, moving passengers and freight that originated with the ships in the new Ventura Harbor. With the building of Ventura’s wharf in 1872, coastal steamers put in and landed goods, and these wagons served as transportation delivering pipe and valves from the ships. In the early years, the wharves at Port Hueneme and Ventura were the window to the world. This wagon also helped build the El Camino Real. The Ventura Transfer Company is still in business today.