The Nation: EASTWARD HO! THE WAGONS

The long, sometimes treacherous 19th century Westward trek of covered wagons is deeply embedded in American legend, folklore and sense of national identity. Thousands of pioneers, for example, braved the perilous Oregon Trail. Now, to salute the Western settlers, Americans representing all 50 states are replaying history in reverse by forming Eastbound wagon trains. They are set to arrive in Valley Forge, Pa., July 3. The following day, President Ford will address the passengers in the 60 official wagons and approximately 2,000 other travelers. The Pennsylvania Bicentennial Commission sponsored an official wagon from...

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