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William Elsey Connelle...
'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...
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...
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...
Alfred Jacob Miller
Illustrations and information on Alfred Jacob Miller, or Alfred Miller (1810-1874), a native of Baltimore and a painter and explorer of western scenes on the Overland Trail (or Oregon Trail) leaving out...
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....
America's National Historic Trails
Chapter of the book about the Oregon National Historic Trail, following the historic original Oregon Trail from Independence, Missouri, to Portland, Oregon, "from 1840 to 1870" and passing through the...
An Illustrated Historical Map of the City of Kansas
Title continues: "Official name of Kansas City, Mo. 1853-89." Outline map showing counties, some waterways, roads, and trails, with text and drawings illustrating historical events. Includes a chronology...
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...
Covered Wagon Centennial
Map of the Oregon Trail including a numbered index with historic landmarks detailed. Created as part of the Covered Wagon Centennial (April 10th to December 29th, 1930, as designated by President Herbert...
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...
Etched in Time: Overland Memories of Johnson County
The early emigrants going west on the Oregon-California Trail and Santa Fe Trail came through Johnson County, Kansas. Diary entries describe the terrain. Two of the most common campsites were Sapling Grove,...
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...
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.
Following the Oregon Trail
Special section on the history of the Oregon Trail, from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon. Published by the Kansas City Star with several photos, articles, and maps.
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...
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