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Doyce B Nunis
Jimmie G Benbrook
A President, a Church, and Trails West
Continuation of title, "Competing Histories in Independence, Missouri." The author Jon E. Taylor, former historian for the Harry S Truman National Historic Site in Independence, Missouri, examines how...
Ask the Marshall
Brief item describing the typical day in the life of a person travelling by covered wagon on the Oregon or California Trails from Missouri.
Map of trails on one side, historical information on the other. Produced by the National Park Service in 2001.
Frontiersmen and Fur Traders
Mostly newspaper clippings about the fur trade and notable frontiersmen and fur traders on the Oregon and California Trails, etc.
Historic Westport: The Trails and How They Passed through Westport
Illustration and description of the paths of the major western trails of the early 19th century (Santa Fe, Oregon, and California Trails) through the Westport and Kansas City areas, starting in 1821 with...
Hopes and Fears, Excitement and Tears: Jumping Off On the Oregon and California Trails
The author has divided the article into three parts. They are: (1) Pioneer's emotions as they started out, (2) the immigrant's beginning "mindset", and (3) the knowledge of those who set out and what they...
Josiah Belden, 1841 California Overland Pioneer: His Memoir and Early Letters
Description of Josiah Belden's expedition's departure from Independence for California, and summary of the members of the caravan along the Oregon and California Trails.
Let Us Honor Those to Whom Honor Is Due
The author relates that, by using computerized mapping with 3-D modeling, aerial photography, and a field survey with GPS and high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles, he was able to discover a previously...
Looking Back to Move Ahead
Article describing efforts to link contemporary land development to the historic overland trails passing through the Kansas City area. The concept of transforming Bannister Mall into "the Three Trails...
Oregon California Trail Places of Origin
Chapter mentions the various "jumping off" spots for trail emigrants, especially the Oregon/California Trail. It includes areas as Independence, Westport, Westport Landing, Saint Joseph, Council Bluffs,...
Map depicts overland commerce and emigrant trails west of the Mississippi River. Includes Oregon, California, Mormon Pioneer, Lewis & Clark, Pony Express, Santa Fe, Old Spanish, Juan Bautista de Anza,...
Pappan's Ferry and the Oregon-California Trail
Illustrations, maps, and article about the Pappan's Ferry, a ferry on the Kansas River at Topeka, Kansas established by Joseph Pappan (a French fur trader from Saint Louis) in 1842 originally for "the...
Silver! OCTA Turns 25
The whole issue of "Overland Journal" is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of its publication. It includes reprinted earlier articles found in the journal and elsewhere. Most of the articles deal with...
The California Trail: From Southeastern Idaho to Sacramento
Article describes western sections of the California Trail. Includes information pertaining to the City of Rocks in Almo, Idaho, and Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, California.
The Gold Rush and the Road to Oregon
Book with numerous photos, illustrations, and maps regarding the Oregon and California Trails and the Missourians perishing on them in the 1800s.
The South Platte Trail: Colorado Cutoff of the Oregon-California Trail
Article about the section of the Oregon and California Trails along the South Platte River in Nebraska and Colorado in the mid-1800s and its importance as a route to Denver, with map, photos, and illustrations....
Wagons West: The Epic Story of America's Overland Trails
This book gives a detailed description of the major wagon trains that went West in the 1840s. Included are the John Bidwell trip to California, the early Oregon Trail pioneers including the Whitmans, the...
Wayne City Landing Marked: Oregon-California Trails Group Join in Ceremony
Description of a new historic marker for the beginning point in Independence, on present-day Sugar Creek land, "of three Trails, California, Oregon and Santa Fe," by the Independence Pioneers Chapter of...
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