Pictorial Past | Hauling water

Horse-drawn water wagons, such as the one in this early 1900 photo, were a familiar site for pioneers in the Big Bend country. Water was hauled from numerous springs such as Toler, Forgy (later the Slusser ranch), Willms and Hedges. To haul water, some homesteaders used a 50-gallon wood barrel on a wood deck with a runner, referred to as a stoneboat. Later, deep wells were drilled. This scene near Alstown is the outfit of Alec Brett, a Badger Mountain rancher. From the collection of Ken Gormley of Waterville. (Provided photo/Douglas County Historical Museum)