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'Equipping Ourselves in Every Possible Way': Contents of Wagons on the 1851 Oregon Trail
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Title'Equipping Ourselves in Every Possible Way': Contents of Wagons on the 1851 Oregon Trail
AbstractThis article starts out: "Before deciding to make a cross-country trip, anyone with common sense would certainly give considerable thought to what supplies would be needed to make that journey." Early immigrant guides to the West and trail narratives and documents helped to identify what was necessary to complete the long journey. This article gives a survey of what men deemed necessary for the journey as well as what women included. Also lists items that turned out to be not necessary as well as items the travelors wished they had included. Lots of photographs illustrate the article.
NotesDavid Newson, an Oregon Trail journalist in 1851 wrote to the editors of the Illinois Journal: "Perhaps there may be some, who like us, may take a pleasure trip over the plains next spring to the land of promise, from the Western State. I have much to write about, which might enterain your readers; but I know of nothing so important to next years emigrants, as a correct knowledge of what they need as outfits to prepare them for a long and perilous journey. My experience has been dear bought...of the toils, dangers, excitements and losses, I knew less than nothing. But I have seen the elephant, and my traveling propensities are cured. My expenses and losses since I left your city, on the 2nd of April, 1851, are $2,375."
AuthorAlbert Belanger
DateWinter 2006
SourceOverland Journal
Local SubjectOregon Trail
Overland Journeys
Item TypeMagazine Article
Access This ItemThis document is not available online. You may come to the Missouri Valley Room to view it or request a photocopy from the Library's Document Delivery service. https://www.kclibrary.org/services/copy-requests
Item ID216838
CONTENTdm number19988
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