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Morgan Family Pioneer Heritage
Car Camping

A wonderful set of old pictures depicting a Radford family on a car camping trip


Getting ready for a car camping trip, someone is tinkering with the engine, Sadie Geneva Radford is puttering around in the back seat. Notice the dutch oven hanging on the rear of the car.


Most of the camping equipment was rolled into a canvas (They had plenty of Canvas tarps because they were used as Canvas dams in the irrigation ditches) and tied on the fender of the old Fords. The spare tires were tied to the side. Sadie Geneva can be spotted in the back seat with her big hat on.

There were plenty of obstacles to getting there. Usually the first obstacle was the flat tire. The roads were rough and crude. Inner tubes in the early tires were prone to puncture and let out the air. And the tires were flimsy. Traveling any distance required that one carry several spare tires and inner tubes. Sadie Geneva Radford watches while her father changes a tire.


Th early cars had to travel on wagon roads and even though they were high off the road and had large wheels, they still had to be pushed by hand or pulled by horse teams to get them through the mudholes and out of the borrowpits.


The reward was the bliss of camping in tents and cooking over a smoky campfire beside a mosquito infested river. But the fishing must have been good.