Imagine traveling with your family for months in a covered wagon the size of your bathroom. All the food, clothing, and tools your family owns must fit in that wagon; there is little room for toys. You eat dried meat, biscuits, and beans for most meals – and you’re happy to have that since many families go hungry.
What would make a family choose such a miserable adventure? Between 1841 and 1845, more than 5,000 people traveled the Oregon Trail, a rough, rutted road from Missouri to Oregon. Trappers first traveled the Oregon Trail. Later farmers took their families west in search of rich farm land.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Did families travel on the Oregon Trail?
Answer: While few women and children were part of the Gold Rush, families traveled together to Oregon to farm. Children were often born on the trail; parents sometimes died, leaving children to be cared for by other family members or members of the wagon train.
Visit the Oregon California Trails Association to read firsthand accounts of the Oregon Trail adventure.
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