Before we left Davidson, SK, we stopped to take a look at and read the history of this horse-drawn dump wagon that was used in laying the bed for highway 11.
These wagons would have been pulled by four to eight horses and were used extensively to build road beds from the 1800’s to the 1930’s.
The large arch at the front of the wagon allowed for very sharp turns.
It’s believed that the last contract for the entire outfit (which consisted of at least 24 of these wagons) , was around 1930 for the construction of highway 11 between Hanley, SK, and Dundurn, SK.
As we studied this wagon, I couldn’t help thinking about how much my Dad would have appreciated this history. In the mid to late 1950’s, my Dad, being a skilled cat operator, built the majority of the rural roads around our home community.
“Roads are a record of those who have gone before.”Rebecca Solnit