Many americans wanted to go to oregon because the farmers sought the free and fertile land, the mild climate and the plentiful rainfall of the river valleys the also wanted to bring their religion to the native americans. Settlers traveling west had many obstacles that they had to overcome while finding their new land to settle upon studying about the oregon trail is so fascinating many parents still remember the tragic deaths that could occur just by playing the old computer video game when they were younger. The group set out for oregon country, a four- to six-month trek across plains, mountains, valleys, and rivers not everyone survived the difficult trip still, before the end of the 1800s, many more wagon trains would travel the oregon trail to reach what became the western united states. Most oregon trail pioneers didn't settle in oregon only around 80,000 of the estimated 400,000 oregon trail emigrants actually ended their journey in oregon's willamette valley. Those on the oregon trail continued across the plains of idaho and the blue mountains before reaching their final destination of the willamette valley in oregon nearly 500,000 migrants traveled west along this emigrant trail from 1843-1869, cementing america's expansion into the west.
The oregon trail was beginning disappear across the west the trail had been plowed under in many places and progress threatened to erase it from the nation's collective memory. Facts, information and articles about the oregon trail, a part of westward expansion from the wild west oregon trail summary: the 2,200-mile east-west trail served as a critical transportation route for emigrants traveling from missouri to oregon and other points west during the mid-1800s. Dangers traveling the oregon trail in the 1800s was a dangerous journey however, the danger wasn't from native americans as you might think as a matter of fact, many records show that native americans helped many of the travelers along the way. The oregon trail migrations in the mid-1800s coincided with a popular american trend of keeping a diary or journal many of the journals kept by pioneers as they traveled survived the years and are not.
By the time many of the pioneers reached their final destination, they had many stories to tell very few made it all the way without losing, or having to leave along the trail, many lost their belongings. By the next year, however, as the oregon trail brought hundreds of americans into the region, settlement and government in oregon became thoroughly american numbers of immigrants grew every year after the opening of the oregon trail and, in the peak year of 1850, some 55,000 pioneers made the journey. A major bestseller that has been hailed as a quintessential american story (christian science monitor), rinker buck's the oregon trail is an epic account of traveling the 2,000-mile length of the oregon trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from.
The oregon trail originated in the routes established by extensive native american trade networks that had existed for centuries meriwether lewis (1774-1809) and william clark (1770-1838) were the first us explorers to use the indian trails to find their way across the continent to the pacific coast in 1803. There are probably many reasons chief among them i think is the fact that the east coast cities were crowded, and there wasn't much opportunity for people to realize the american dream the westward expansion was fueled by the fact that there was a vast frontier out there where people could. Not everyone who traveled the oregon trail did so with a wagon, oxen, and mules thousands of mormons headed west not necessarily from the east coast but from britain by the time they started on the second leg of their journey, they couldn't afford a typical wagon.
7:00 am: after every family has gathered their teams and hitched them to wagons, a trumpeter signals a wagons ho, to start the wagons down the trail average distance covered in a day was usually fifteen miles, but on a good day twenty could be traveled. Many coming to california to search for gold (american dream) trail of tears/indian removal act gov forcing indians out of their land and taking their money (removal. The oregon trail was an exhausting, sometimes treacherous, 2,000-mile journey that connected the missouri river to valleys in oregon and locations in between over half a million stalwart souls were brave enough to leave the relative comfort of civilization at that time and venture off into strange. And the trail had to stay on the rivers for the pioneers to have water, navigation points, timber and that sort of thing so you pass from the missouri river to the platt river, big beautiful wide.
The pioneer, ezra meeker, became the champion of the oregon trail when in 1906, at the age of 76, accompanied by two oxen, a driver and a dog, he made his way from his front yard in puyallup, washington to washington, dc. By 1869, as many as 400,000 people had traveled on the oregon trail but after the transcontinental railroad was completed that year, use of the oregon trail quickly dropped the new railroad made crossing the country much faster and easier.
One trail headed southwest toward california, while the route to oregon continued through southern idaho along the snake river a river they eventually had to cross the main oregon trail backcountry byway starts at three island crossing on the snake river near glenns ferry. Among the first american settlers in the west, the whitmans played an important role in opening the oregon trail and left a tragic legacy that would continue to haunt relations between whites and. The applegate trail, first laid out and used in 1846, was a southern alternative to the western-most segment of the oregon trail, with its users leaving the original oregon city-bound oregon trail route near ft hall, in what is now southeastern idaho, and following the california trail west along the.