Odometers Distance Measurement On Western Emigrant Trails

Odometer on Wagon Wheel

Publication: Overland Journal, Vol. 40, No. 1

Author: Norman E Wright

Date of Publication: Spring 2022



Miles. Distance. Distance was the enemy, not Indians or crossings or weather or thirst or plains or mountains, but distance, the empty, awesome face of distance, the miles on wrinkled miles of it, the levels and hills and hollows and bluffs, unconquerable by the slow turn of wheels or the creaking step of oxen. There was no end to it, not even any shortening.