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Martin/Perue Collection. Courtesy of Historical Reproductions by Perue, Saratoga, WY.

Wagon Days in Wyoming

The journey to California was not an easy one. In order to cross the plains and the mountains, migrants had to face hunger, drought, and disease. Free blacks sometimes signed on as servants with groups of white migrants to make the journey west. Vardaman Buller, a free man from Kentucky, was hired by William Gill to drive a team to California. Another free man, whose name is recorded only as John, worked as a cook, barber, and animal handler with a military unit. This picture was taken on the Overland Trail in the 1870s.

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