T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History
Transportation by horse, wagon, car, and wild horses living in Mossville
Morris Prater by Chelsea Aresneault, 2016.
MORRIS PRATER: But he [Prater’s father] used to ride his horse to Westlake. That was the only way they had to get around, mostly horse . . .wagons. Had a few of them had cars out there, but it wasn't very many.

CHELSEA ARSENEAULT: Do you remember who had cars? I'm just curious. I'm sure that was a big deal.

PRATER: Had . . . The Rigmaidens had a car, and Garretts had a car, and who else? Johnson had a car. That was about it. Yeah, maybe one or two Braxtons might have had a car. It wasn't many cars out there other than wagons. Because my dad had a horse then after that he got him a wagon. I didn't hardly ride in the wagon. He didn't get the wagon until after I'd been . . . started working around like that, so I didn't go. He’d . . . After he got the wagon, ride the horse and I used to ride the horse around and about like that. If I had to go to Westlake or somewhere like that, I’d ride the horse.

They'd gather up a bunch of men together from Sulphur, Westlake, Mossville. They all . . . the ones had horses, they'd gather up and had a lot of loose horses, wild horses up . . . way on up in the woods up there. They'd ride . . . They’d running horses and catch them. Horses just turn loose and horses have colts and keep . . . I guess loose horses. They had a lot of horses all from Mossville on up. Going up north like that up that woods. See where Sasol is coming up through? All in there is where there used to be horses. That used to be nothing but woods. Just woods, you know, no houses or nothing.

ARSENEAULT: The horses lived in the woods?

PRATER: Oh yeah. Wild horses. They was wild. They'd ride, they'd run them all day long to catch them. Ride them.

ARSENEAULT: How would they catch them?

PRATER: They'd rope them. [laughs] Rope.

ARSENEAULT: And then what?

PRATER: Ride them.

ARSENEAULT: And then the horses . . .

PRATER: Or let them loose. They took some of them. Both white and black used to ride together like that.
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