Beer Wagon, circa 1900

Summary

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, horse-drawn beer wagons were familiar sights in American cities. Bars and saloons were numerous and provided places for working-class patrons to relax and socialize. This wagon's racks held beer kegs in an inward, sloping position so they wouldn't roll. The top rail supported a cover that shielded kegs from the hot sun.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, horse-drawn beer wagons were familiar sights in American cities. Bars and saloons were numerous and provided places for working-class patrons to relax and socialize. This wagon's racks held beer kegs in an inward, sloping position so they wouldn't roll. The top rail supported a cover that shielded kegs from the hot sun.

Artifact

Wagon

Date Made

circa 1900

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Creator Notes

Maker is unknown; likely made in the United States

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.2048.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Paint (Coating)
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Black (Color)
Dark blue
Red
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 97 in

Length: 180 in

Wheelbase: 106.5 in

Diameter: 35 in  (Wheel Diameter)

Diameter: 43 in  (Wheel Diameter)

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