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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...
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.
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...
Crossing the Plains In 1845
A 15 page typewritten account plus a photocopy of it. Includes 1952 letter from bookseller Frank Glenn stating that manuscript came to him "many years ago in the collection of William E. Connelly". Found...
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.
Marcus Whitman: Physician, Pioneer, Missionary, Empire Builder
Biographical article about Dr. Marcus Whitman (1802-1847), a physician and missionary traveling with Henry Spalding "across the Rocky Mountains to the Oregon coast for the masses of migratory Americans."...
National Aspects of the Old Oregon Trail
Article about the "Old Oregon Trail," from Independence, Missouri to Fort Vancouver, by Kansas historian William Connelley. Heroic characteristics and language are attributed to the trail in this article,...
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,...
Photos, illustrations, maps, and information on the Oregon Trail starting in the 1840s from Independence to Oregon Territory and becoming part of the National Trails System in the late 1900s.
Recollections and Opinions of an Old Pioneer: Chapter III.
March 1, 1904
A description of the journey of Peter H. Burnett and his wife and six children from Weston, Platte County, Missouri to Oregon. They left Weston on May 8, 1843 and followed a route passing through Fort...
Sailor on Horseback: Selim Woodworth Crosses the Plains, 1846
Article contains a series of three reprints published in 1846 and 1847 in the New York "Home Journal" newspaper. They contain a series of letters written by Selim E. Woodworth, son of poet and playwright...
Salt Desert Was Dreadful Challenge to John Bidwell in Pioneer Trek West
File containing an article with map, illustration, and description of the 1841 journey of John Bidwell from Westport to California, "the first emigrant train to the Far West." Caravan made up of 64 emigrants...
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...
St. Joseph, Jumping-Off Place
St. Joseph, Missouri "had advantages over Independence as it was closer to the Platte and could be reached by steamboat in two days instead of the two weeks or more needed to go overland by ox team. It...
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 Journal of John Boardman: An Overland Journey from Kansas to Oregon in 1843
October 1, 1929
A journal kept by John Boardman of his journey from the Shawnee Indian Mission in Kansas to Oregon and on to California from May 29 to November 12, 1843. Daily brief entries of one or two sentences describe...
The Legend of Asa Smith
File containing a photo and biographical article about Asa Smith (1856-1857), an infant dying on a wagon train to Oregon and buried by present-day Kansas Highway 7 between Olathe and Bonner Springs, Kansas....
The Old Oregon Trail: Hearings before the Committee on Roads, House of Representatives. ..
Government report with diary accounts of the overland journeys of Mormons and other emigrants on the Mormon and Oregon Trails in 1846-1847 from the Midwest to the Rocky Mountains.
The Oregon Trail; The Pony Express
The Oregon Trail presents a detailed account of America's longest and most famous trans-West trail. The Pony Express describes the 19-month life of this horse-based mail delivery system.
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