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Madera Method Wagon Train bites the dust

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Educational institution disbanding

The Madera Method Wagon Train has come to the end of the trail. After 20 years of literally transporting young students into the past by putting them in mule drawn wagons and taking them on wagon train treks, some of which were weeks long, several original members of the crew say the time has come for younger western history buffs to take their places.

Chief among these is Wagon Master John Diedrich, who owns three of the four wagons and all eight mules used on the trips.

A thoughtful Diedrich told The Tribune on Sunday that, “After 20 years, I am older and stiffer. It is time to turn it over to someone else.”

For two decades, Diedrich has furnished the wagons and mules for the trips as well as the means for transporting them. According to members of the crew, Diedrich spent $10,000 every year feeding and maintaining the mules and wagons...


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