Photo of the Month January
Negative #: No. 16267
Courtesy of: Bob Oliver
As we get ready to start another year, Northwest Arkansas can expect
wintery weather and cold. While some might
grumble about snow, there are those who relish
its arrival in anticipation of winter
merriment. Snowy weather allows children and
adults alike to frolic in beautiful white yards,
build snow forts, throw snowballs, and most
importantly go sledding.
Traditional children’s sleds
feature steel runners and seat supports raising the
rider off the ground like the one pictured. A wide
wooden seat was mounted to the steel runners giving the
rider a place to sit. While today, sleds come in all
shapes and sizes, they are still used for snowy fun.
Typically, sleds nowadays are used to slide down snowy
hills. When people find themselves without a hill to
sled down, they tend to discover creative solutions to
enable their sledding. One such solution, as seen here
is this picture, is to tie a rope to the sled and be
pulled by a horse.
Sleds weren’t always used for fun.
Prior to the invention and wide use of cars, horse drawn
sleds were used for getting around in snowy conditions
when wheels wouldn’t work. Horse drawn sleighs used
steel runners similar to children’s sleds, but were much
larger and could allow several people at a time to ride