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William Elsey Connelle...
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...
History of Johnson County, Kansas
Recollections of Santa Fe Trail freighter, or "bullwhacker", William M. Johnson. Johnson describes the routes of several overland trails, and provides a detailed description of the typical freight wagon...
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...
Extensive information on Jim Bridger (1804-1881), one of the greatest Western guides from the early 1820s to the Civil War, including the founding of Fort Bridger and the site selection for the first railroad...
James Clyman, American Frontiersman, 1792-1881: the Adventures of a Trapper and Covered Wagon Emigrant as Told in His Own Reminiscences and Diaries
Photo of James Clyman (1792-1881), a trapper and covered wagon emigrant on the Oregon Trail.
Jim Bridger Collection Finding Aid
This one box, 16 folder collection includes photographs, photocopied correspondence, newspaper clippings, and charts. The 24 photographs in this collection are primarily of Bridger relatives including...
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.
Journal of Myra F. Eells
Title continued, Kept While Passing through the United States and over the Rocky Mountains in the Spring and Summer of 1838. This daily journal of Myra Eells, a pioneer woman settler of the Oregon Territory,...
Inscription on back of picture: ""Louise, this is my mother's father. His name is Karst.""
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...
Lone Elm and Elm Grove: A Case of Mistaken Indentity?
August 1, 1991
Lone Elm campground was located south of Olathe, Kansas, and is marked with a red DAR granite marker. It was a famous spot on the trails as it was the dividing place for the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon...
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...
Map of California, Oregon, Texas, and the Territories Adjoining with Routes Etc.
Detailed political map of western territories of the U.S. in 1849. The following territories are included: Nebraska (to Canadian border), Indian Territory, Texas, Upper or New California, Oregon (to Canadian...
Map of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and part of Montana
Map of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and part of Montana showing mountains and mountain passes, rivers, towns, counties in Oregon and Washington, and the Emigrant Road. A plate number, 44, appears at the...
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."...
Photos, illustrations, and information on Ezra Meeker (1830-1928), an Oregon Trail pioneer starting in 1853 and later a promoter of markers on the trail, passing through and visiting Kansas City several...
Missouri Heritage: Spanish Fur Trader Served State Well
Portrait and biographical article about Manuel Lisa (1772-1820), "the champion of a tough band of fur traders" based in Saint Louis, "help[ing] to plot and establish the Oregon Trail." Description of his...
Missouri Heritage: Westport Landing Era Recaptured
Illustration (painting by Hildreth Meiere depicting wagons and boats at Westport Landing) and book review of "The Oregon Trail Revisited" by Gregory Franzwa. Caption about Meiere, painter of three murals...
Mrs. Virginia Bridger Wachsmann Hahn
Mrs. Virginia Bridger Wachsmann Hahn 1849-1933, Thermopolis, Wyoming, Mr. Jones of Nebraska
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,...
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