voices of young pioneers
Preparations and leaving home
Hoping to go twenty miles in a day
Oregon or bust
California gold and other destinations
Entertainment and celebrations
Chores and chow
Life, death, and accidents
Mother nature rules
Dry and hot
The ever-changing trail and times
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Frontier and pioneer life
From Library Staff
An estimated 500,000 people traveled the Oregon Trail. About 40,000 of them were children. Read quotes from their letters and journals to learn about their experiences.
Among the tens of thousands of pioneers who left home in covered wagons in the 1800s, headed for the West in hopes of fertile land, gold, or escape from religious or racial persecution, some forty thousand were children.
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