In the period between about 1900 and 1930, many rural school districts in our nation provided "busing" for their students, even though buses as we know them didn't yet exist. The transportation provided was by literal horsepower pulling running gears with a box or cabin built on it. This was called a Kid Wagon, and perhaps a few people reading this still recall riding in these unheated, horse-drawn conveyances to and from school.
Kid Wagons don't sound too pleasant, but they must have been much better than walking on the mud roads, and they were almost imperative after the rural districts began consolidating from seven or eight one-room schools in a township to just three or four. My mother rode the Kid Wagon during her school years in Townsend, and apparently enjoyed every minute. Of course, there was the time they were tossing around the driver's hat inside, and someone missed catching it. It sailed out the front and one of the mules stepped in it! Some of the entries in her autograph album show jumpy writing, created while the writer was riding with her on the Kid Wagon. On the negative side, one day the driver used the Kid Wagon during the day to haul manure from his barn, and my mother soiled her coat on some residue that afternoon. This brought forth a long lecture from Grandma about carelessness and the expense of dry cleaning.