I know glass window panes were scarce in the early West. So, what did the early pioneers use?

I know glass window panes were scarce in the early West. So, what did the early pioneers use?

Junior Wilkes
Monahans, Texas

Many settlers fit their windows with panes made of cloth, greased paper, and even sheets of mica.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.