On this site I've been calling the horse-drawn conveyances "wagons" if they were for hauling freight and "carriages" if they were for hauling people. But back in the day people drew sharp distinctions based on form and function. There were buggies, surreys, sedans, coaches, roadsters, coupes... the list goes on. Many of those terms were adopted by automobiles. This site has some good exampes, and this one contains a more exhaustive list.
I'm calling this one a buggy, and leaving it at that.
I remember, as a kid, watching a chariot race in some Roman movie. I thought it was pretty scary. I think a run-away in one of these contraptions would be pretty scary.
If I remember correctly, it seems like one of Charlott's ancestors was killed in a ran away accident while crossing the HR bridge?
I guess a thank you to the Europeans for bringing the larger draft animal and the wheel to this country.
L.E. on 25th January 2023 @ 8:28am
Looking at the mud on the spokes, these ladies have been through some deep puddles.
nels on 25th January 2023 @ 10:12am
Yes, Charlott's comment about her great-great-uncle being thrown from a carriage are here: http://historichoodriver.com/index.php?showimage=63
ArthurB on 25th January 2023 @ 11:53am
Not a light load for that horse to pull. Especially through the mud.
Some of the more well to do homes in Portland had a carriage house or a coach house.
I suppose Hood River just had stables or barns??
L.E. on 25th January 2023 @ 2:51pm
Those two ladies, and their blanket, look pretty clean for a buggy that has gone through the mud as suggested by the wheels. This was before they invented fenders for buggy wheels (if they ever did). The woman on the right, seems like she should be worried that her fancy hat would lift off it they got any speed up.
kmb on 25th January 2023 @ 5:59pm
Wondering if that blanket is for warmth or to catch the mud and dust flung up
by the horse.
nels on 25th January 2023 @ 6:21pm