Solid Wooden Wheeled Carretas

Solid Wooden Wagon Wheel on Carreta, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

Solid Wooden Wagon Wheel on Carreta, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

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Solid Wooden Wheeled Carretas

In the last post began our look at New Mexico’s first living museum, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the Ranch of the Swallows.  The self-guided tour begins at the large wooden doors to the placita, where we find the three farm wagons, or carretas, seen in the last post.  This type of carreta with the solid wooden wheels was in common use in New Mexico in the 17th through 19th centuries.

Pitcher, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

Pitcher, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

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As with any farm wagon, no matter where in the world you are, it is used for many purposes.  In these shots we see some of the cargo that would have been transported by the carretas.

Wooden Barrel and Sheepskin Hide, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

Wooden Barrel and Sheepskin Hide, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

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In the image above, we see not only the cargo but part of the framing which created a basic cage on the wagon that would have helped in keeping any livestock or cargo contained during transportation.

Solid Wooden Wagon Wheel on Carreta with Sheepskin Hide, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

Solid Wooden Wagon Wheel on Carreta with Sheepskin Hide, El Rancho de la Golondrinas, New Mexico

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Lastly, we return to the characteristic solid wooden wheel.  As these wheels did not have any form of metal rim more commonly associated with a spoked wheel, they suffered quite a bit from the rocks that would have been on the roads at the time.  The great advantage of these solid wheels, though, was that this damage to the rim was really only cosmetic and did not affect the integrity of the wheel.

4 Comments

  1. Great details and textures Mark. I love these places that show how hard things used to be. Today, everything is mechanized and technology driven.
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  2. Wonderfully detailed images Mark. Beautiful.
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