Oregon Trail

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May 16, 1842: The first major (and second overall) wagon train leaves to traverse the Oregon Trail. The wagon train was made up of over 100 pioneers led by Elijah White. They left from Elm Grove, Missouri and traveled as a group until they made their way to Fort Hall, located in Idaho. At that point along the trail, pioneers could take the northern route to Oregon or the more southern route to California. The travelers in this group continued on to Oregon with the single men hurrying on ahead while the families followed at a slower pace.

The Oregon Trail was a 2,200 mile route connecting the Missouri River to the fertile valleys of Oregon and used for east to west migration of large wheeled wagons. While it was wild territory in the days of the early settlers, today the route passes through parts of Kansas…

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