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'Equipping Ourselves in Every Possible Way': Contents of Wagons on the 1851 Oregon Trail
This 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...
1847 Circular on Services in Independence for Trail Trekkers Turns Up in Oregon Archives
Article about the circular and letter published by George Buchanan, Independence postmaster in 1847, "about the facilities of the town" of Independence, Missouri, designed as a guide for travelers to Oregon...
A Vest-Pocket Geography
Illustrated map and description of the history of different regions of Missouri, including the Kansas City area as "the jumping-off place of the Oregon Trail" and the Santa Fe Trail and "unofficial starting...
America's Historical Opportunity
This reprint article starts out recounting the efforts of Ezra Meeker in publicizing the Oregon Trail. He traveled the trail in its early years, and later he championed the cause of trail preservation....
An Emigrants' Guide for Women: Making the Necessary Preparations for the Arduous Five-Month Journey along the Oregon Trail
[F]ictionalized facsimile of an 1850 guidebook written by a woman for women on preparing for journeys to the West, with illustrations and map. Description of various factors affecting women in particular...
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.
Blazing a Trail to Oregon: Jumping-Off at St. Joe
Article about the travels of Cornelius "Neal" Gilliam and his parties on the section of the Oregon Trail from Saint Joseph, Missouri, to central Kansas in the 1840s, with illustrations and maps.
Boost Oregon Trail for National System
Article about the public meeting involving the Jackson County Historical Society in considering the Oregon Trail, from Independence to Fort Vancouver, Washington, in inclusion with the National Trails...
Could These Bones Be from a Negro?: Some African American Experiences on the Oregon-California Trail
Photos and article about the skeletal remains of 19th century African Americans or black people on the Oregon Trail and California Trail in the west, including both slaves and black ranchers such as Jim...
Crossing the Plains
Illustrations and article about the crossing of the Great Plains across Kansas along the Oregon Trail from western Missouri by Mrs. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, or Narcissa Whitman of New York with her husband...
Eastward Ho! Ezra Meeker Memorializes the Oregon Trail, 1905-1910
Photos, illustrations, and information on Ezra Meeker (1830-1928), an Oregon Trail pioneer starting in 1853 and later a promoting the trail with monuments and books.
Experiences of Lewis Bissell Dougherty On the Oregon Trail
April 1, 1930
Lewis Dougherty, one of four children of John Dougherty, at age 78 recounts his mid 19th century adventures going west along the trail to Oregon. He recounts the wagon trains, Indian encounters, buffalo...
Ezra Meeker--Apostle of the Oregon Trail
Photos and biographical article about Ezra Meeker (1830-1928), a traveler on the Oregon Trail starting in 1852 and marking the trail and writing books about it starting in the early 1900s. Description...
Ezra Meeker's March to Washington, March-December 1907
It has been 100 years since Ezra Meeker's 1906 Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition. "Meeker had undertaken the trip in order to promote the importance of the Oregon Trail in American history, place markers...
Ezra Meeker: His Mansion, Monuments, and Mission
Photos and biographical article about explorer and Ohio native Ezra Meeker (1830-1928) and his 1890 mansion in Puyallup, Washington, restored in 1973. Description of his life and career as an Oregon Trail...
Following Historic Trails
Article about the section of the Oregon Trail through western Nebraska and all of Wyoming, with description of methods of following historic trails in general, map, and photos.
Fort Davy Crockett, Its Fur Men and Visitors
Article about the history of Fort Davy Crockett, a fur trading post in northwest Colorado in the 1830s. Several fur traders, mountain men, and other visitors of the area of the fort are described from...
Fort St. Vrain
Article about the history of Fort St. Vrain, a fur trading post established on the South Platte River in Colorado by "the Bent and St. Vrain Company" as "a supplement to their famous Bent's Fort on the...
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...
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