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  1. The Oregon Trail

  2. Created by Susan Nelson

  3. In 1834, a group of missionaries traveled west to the Oregon territory. In the years that followed, many other settlers followed. The Oregon Trail began in St. Louis, Missouri and crossed over two thousand miles of plains and mountains, finally ending in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. The journey took four to six months and the travelers faced many hardships for the promise of a better life. Willamette Valley

  4. How did they get there? In a covered wagon, pulled by oxen!

  5. The Covered Wagon

  6. What did they bring? More

  7. A Tour of the Trail The most popular starting point for the trip was St. Louis. Here families were faced with many decisions. What should we take, what do we need to leave behind? Anything they took had to fit in the wagon.

  8. Fort Kearny Fort Kearny was built to protect the emigrants on the Oregon trail. It also provided a place for travelers to buy supplies and send mail to friends and family back east. Click to See Ft. Kearny

  9. What was it like on the trail? The land was flat and seemed to stretch forever, until they came to Chimney Rock.

  10. The Trail Continues Click to see Independence Rock From Fort Laramie, the settlers journeyed on past Independence Rock. The south pass is a gap in the Rocky Mountains that stretches for miles. This provided an easier route for the wagon trains to travel.

  11. The Trail in "Idaho" The Oregon Trail extended through what is now Idaho. It was also in this area that the trail split and the California trail began. The California trail was started after Gold was discovered in California in 1848. Many people were lured to California by dreams of striking it rich. Legend California Trail Oregon Trail

  12. Those who continued on the Oregon Trail, came to Fort Hall. This fort was originally built as a trading post for the fur traders. Now it was a stopping off point for the pioneers. After leaving Fort Hall, they traveled on through what is now Idaho and were faced with an important decision. Should they cross the Snake River or take the overland route. Some chose to cross at Three Island Crossing. This was a direct route to Fort Boise and saved some time, but the crossing was difficult and dangerous. Replica of Fort Hall

  13. Oregon at Last ! Even though the journey was almost over, Barlow Road a treacherous stretch still lay ahead.This toll road was built as an alternative to navigating the Columbia River. Sarah Cummins (A traveler on the trail): "The traveling was slow and toilsome; slopes were almost impassible for man and beast. As night was coming on, it seemed we all must perish, but weak, faint and starving we went on. I could scarcely put one foot before the another. I weighed less than eighty pounds at the time. My own party had been 14 days with only nine biscuits and foursmall slices of bacon. "

  14. After the Barlow Road, Oregon City was the next and final destination on the Oregon Trail. Here the settlers could visit the only land office west of the Rocky Mountains to file their claim. The land was rich and fertile, a welcoming place to settle.

  15. There were many other trails and routes that settlers took to reach the west. The Oregon Trail was one of the most used routes. In the 1860’s, people stopped using the trail, can you guess why? Next Answer

  16. Return to question The transcontinental railway was completed.

  17. Works Cited Clip Art diagram western clip art St. Louis Back

  18. Works Cited Photographs wagon and oxen williamette valley chimney rock Fort Hall Replica

  19. Works Cited Clip Art nebraska map nebraska trail trail map Animated wagon Oregon Map

  20. Text web quest FAQ Biographies Works Cited Sound Files American Dreamer:Songs of Stephen Foster, Thomas Hampton The Magnificent Seven, Elmer Bernstein