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HEMP IN THE OLD WEST.

"The Conestoga wagons and prairie schooners of pioneer days were covered with hemp canvas. Indeed the very word canvas comes from the Arabic word for hemp." (from U.S.D.A. Film Hemp for Victory).  True canvas is hemp canvas, and in the old West of the United States, tents, wagon covers, ropes, packs, sacks, and some clothes were of hemp cloth and canvas.

Tents and covered wagons of canvas (Cannabis) provided shelter in the old West and around the world. 

 

Hemp Museum bookend.

 

The original Hemp Museum model of a hemp- covered wagon, seen here with hemp stalks wrapped with hemp rope from Denmark.
Circle of wagons ready to take off from St. Louis, Missouri for the trek west.  The hemp canvas was bleached white in the sun. 

Hemp Museum postcard.

Kansas History:  Westward travelers across the Kansas prairies during the 1800's carried everything with them much the same as we do in our modern recreational vehicles!

Hemp Museum postcard.

Covered wagons crossing the Rocky Mountains.

From the Hemp Museum book CURRIER & IVES.

 
Nevada State Museum Popular Series No. 10:  TO CLOTHE NEVADA WOMEN, 1860 - 1920.  1990.  This 48 page book shows wagon covers, tents, ropes, and the story of J. W. Davis, who invented riveted pants and patented them with Levi Strauss in 1872.  Davis moved to San Francisco from Reno and supervised the manufacturing of Levis. 

Hemp Museum book from a visit to the Nevada State Museum.


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