The Wagon King: The Life Of Peter Schuttler Wagon Company

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Peter Schuttler, also known as the wagon king, was an entrepreneur and a knowledgeable business man that had a booming business that lasted from eighteen forty-three to the nineteen twenties. Peter Schuttler, born on December 22, 1812 in Wachenheim, Germany, emigrated from Germany to the United States. Peter Schuttler was only 22 when he emigrated from Germany. During the first few years living in the United States, Peter worked as a wagon maker in Sandusky, Ohio. After ten years of working as a wagon maker, Peter went on to form one of the largest wagon businesses in the history of the United States of America, the Peter Schuttler Wagon Company. Peter’s wagon company helped pave the way for the interest of transportation and exploration of …show more content…
The Peter Schuttler Wagon Company took off due to the immense demand for wagons at the time. This demand for wagons was due to the gold rush taking on in California at the time. Many people migrating to California to mine for gold were in dire need of a heavy and reliable vehicle, a job Peter Schuttler was ready to take head on. Another reason there was a high demand for wagons was due to the increased exploration in America. Soon after founding his company, the Peter Schuttler Wagon Company had employed around one-hundred men in his wagon making business. These one-hundred hard working men produced an average of one thousand eight hundred wagons per year. Each of these wagons were worth around seventy-five dollars at the …show more content…
This allowed for people to put more faith in the wagons produced by Peter and his company. Peter’s wagon company used around 4 million feet of lumber and twenty thousand tons of iron per year just to keep up with the demand of wagons in the US. Another way his company gained popularity was due in part to the advertisements being spread. One such advertisements that was created during the later years of the company featured many Peter Schuttler wagons leading their way into the new frontier of land present in the United States in the late 1800s. The advertisement also showed off the beautiful landscape of the American plains, which would definitely catch the attention of the average person. This advertisement most likely encouraged people to purchase Peter’s wagons because it shows them being very reliable in the picture. It also showed many people using the wagons, which would help persuade the average consumer into thinking these wagons were

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