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Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail was one of the longest and most traveled early pioneer routes to the West. During the 1840's, the trail was at its busiest and between 1843 and 1845 more than 1,000 settlers used the route.

The Oregon Trail stretched for about 2,000 miles from Independence, Missouri to Columbia, in what is now Oregon. The entire journey lasted from four to six months and involved much hardship. Mountains and rivers had to be crossed.

By about 1812 a few explorers and settlers had traveled over the western part of the trail as far as the South Pass, Wyoming. In about 1812, the first wagons crossed the South Pass under the leadership of Captain B. Bonneville, an American army officer. In 1841 the first party of settlers reached Oregon. Many hundreds of emigrants followed. In 1849 homesteaders were joined by gold seekers bound for California and traffic increased. Additional information about Oregon Trail you can find here

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