TIL:That in 1855 Willie Keil died days before he was suppose to head out on the Oregon trail, keeping a promise his family put him in a leadline coffin filled with whiskey and placed it in the lead wagon and they transported his body all the way to the Washington territory were he was buried.

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  1. I remember reading somewhere, that when early Americans were trying to make it to the West Coast, if someone died (and they didn’t want just bury them where they died) they did something similar.

  2. I remember reading about a British guy, who died in the Americas back in the 16 or 1700’s. He wanted to be buried back in merry old England, so they packed his body in a cask, and filled it with rum.

    While sailing back to England, they noticed a foul odor coming from the cask. Upon inspection, they discovered that the sailors had put a bung in the cask, and were drinking the rum, so the body was rotting.

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