1879 Mourning Lithograph.
Commemorates a father’s four children who died when their wagon capsized while trying to cross the Kansas River.
Children: Martha (11), Ida (8), Clara (5), and Walter (4)
From Kansas Memory website.
…with all due respect to the kids, I can’t help but associate this with Oregon Trail. Which, I mean, they were actually on. It’s just that after losing who knows how many hundreds of wagon parties to drowning (I was an OT2 fanatic, never got into the original, so far less dysentery and lots of drowning), I feel like “Holy cow, this is real life Oregon Trail!” And I totally forget for a second that the Oregon Trail was real.