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William Elsey Connelle...
Biography of Moses Grinter (1810-1878) and Anna Marshall Grinter (1820-1905), Pioneers
Biography of Jim Bridger (1804-1881), Frontiersman
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...
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...
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...
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 Oregon Trail: The Highway of the Pioneers to the Pacific Northwest
A three dimensional, pictorial color map of the Oregon Trail.
Albert Wachsmann, husband of Virginia Bridger.
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,...
The Covered Wagon Centennial at Independence Rock
Article about the centennial celebration "of the departure of the first wagon train from St. Louis, Missouri," on the Oregon Trail in 1930 in Wyoming, sponsored by the Oregon Trail Memorial Association...
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...
The Separation of Nebraska and Kansas from the Indian Territory
Article about the creation of Kansas Territory and Nebraska Territory with the promulgation of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, separating their territories from general "Indian Territory" designation...
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...
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...
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....
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.
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.
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...
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.
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