A Homesteader and his Oxen - circa 1885


A Homesteader and his Oxen - Adolph Aschoff

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Oxen were a popular choice as draft animals for both emigrants crossing the Oregon Trail and for early settlers in Oregon. On the trail, they had less need for grain than horses or mules, and could generally subsist on grass and other forage available along the way.

Once in Oregon, this same advantage continued. Additionally they were stronger and thus better at the initial clearing and cultivation of new agricultural fields. They were also better in the mud, which we've been known to have here in Oregon.

This image, recreated from an early glass negative, shows a homesteader somewhere near Sandy admiring his team.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon from the original glass negative, courtesy of Ed Green.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1236
Photographer Adolph Aschoff
Location Clackamas County
Subject Farming and Ranching, Horses, Mules and Oxen, Logging
Decade 1880s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Glass Negative
Size of Original 4.6 x 7.5 inches
Photographer's Number No