December 29, 2014

If you think winter travel is difficult now you should have experienced it in the pioneer days. In the pioneer days travel was rough, tough and dangerous. Although the frozen mud made it easy for the carriages to move, travelers were often held back by snow storms and blizzards. Passengers would freeze in the carriage, only covered by clothes and maybe some blankets, and drivers would sit in the front out in the open. Every 25 km or so would be an Inn, but they were always overflowing with people. Most of the time weary travelers would be sent off to the next Inn. Men usually had to share beds with 2-3 others or sleep on the floor. Meeting room’s in the Inn’s would be stacked full of people and space was very limited.

From the Oshawa Community Archives

From the Oshawa Community Archives

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