During the old wagon train days, where did people go to the bathroom?
Let me paint the picture. You've got a train of say 50 wagons, and let's say they're moving along at a pretty good clip. Maybe they've been traversing some rocky terrain and the trail just opened up onto a nice, flat, open meadow and they're really making good time. Suddenly, Jebediah Proctor decides he needs to take a shit. Does the entire wagon train need to stop and wait for Jeb to take a squat? Do they call for a shit break and allow everyone to take advantage of the pit stop? What if they just came off a shit break like 15-minutes ago, but Jeb's innards weren't speaking to him then? I can't imagine the entire wagon train would grind to a halt every time someone needs to take a shit.
They way I have it figured, the last wagon in the train was likely the designated shitter. If someone had to releive themselves they'd simply walk down to the end of the "train," hop into the last wagon and unload, thereby not causing any unnecessary delays.
Jesus but that wagon must have
been pretty disgusting by the time they got to California.
Anyway, this is one of the things I think about.