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Sam Peppard and His Prairie Wind Wagon Sculpture

During the drought of 1860, Samuel Peppard, an Oskaloosa millwright, was looking for adventure.  He built a sturdy wagon, attached a sail to catch the breeze and sailed his way across the prairie in search of Colorado gold.  Whether he found the gold or not is a mystery, but the wagon and its contents were destroyed by a tornado outside of Denver.  The good news is that the three passengers survived.  This sculpture was created by Matt Frazier and was originally commissioned as a 50th wedding anniversary present from Louise Barker to her husband, Roger. 

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