In answer to the several posts whose authors couldn't quite seem to comprehend the name of this design - "Prairie": I would remind you of the VERY famous term "Prairie Schooner", which "prairie schooner
wagon covered with white canvas
, made famous by its almost universal use in the migration across the Western prairies
It may be that the name originally came from the looks of these ubiquitous covered wagons:
The tall "rig" on these wagons even looked salty. Ergo, the name of the seagoing "Prairie" seems rather appropriate, historical and worthy. Per this resource:
a wagon used for long-distance travel and freight transport in the nineteenth century. The wagon was made with six or seven arching wooden bows supporting a canvas
cover. Seen from a distance, the vehicle so resembled a ship at sea as to suggest the name. Mormons, California
gold-seekers, emigrants to Oregon
, freighters operating on the Great Plains, and settlers seeking homesteads all used the schooner after it was brought into common use in the Santa Fe trade
soon after 1821. It was not only the chief means for the transportation of goods, but it also provided a home for pioneer families as they journeyed west in search of land."
Works for me.