National Geographic : 1950 Oct
This idea put them across the Platte EADERS of the covered wagon trains heading West in the 1860's dreaded the fording of the Platte. The river acquired its ominous reputation be cause even experienced scouts could never tell where the pockets of quicksand and the potholes lay-so changeable was the strong current of the broad and muddy stream. When an ox-team bogged down, stalling a wag on, the prairie schooner was usually overturned dumping family and possessions into the river. Pioneers soon learned from scouts, who had crossed the river before, how to tackle the Platte. When a number of wagons had arrived at the river, the oxen from all of them were hitched together to pull each of the families across. Even though one team in the long string floundered, enough were on sure footing to keep the wagon on the move. Maybe you've never thought ofit, butevery fam ily today-just as the pioneers crossing the Platte -is faced by dangers it cannot cope with alone. A fire or windstorm may damage the home. An accident or death may stop the salary the family lives on-and cost its life savings in hos pital and doctor bills. In facing such dangers as these, no man need stand alone. Through insurance, you combine your resources with others who face the same kind of danger (as the pioneers did their wagon teams) and make sure no one suffers financial loss. Next time your Travelers agent or broker drops by, why not have a talk with him about the kinds and amounts of insurance you need? MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford 15, Connecticut. Serving the insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.