By Tim McNeese
Throughout the nineteenth century, hardy pioneers used the Oregon path emigrate to the Pacific Northwest. The 5- to six-month trip spanned 2,170 miles west via territories that turned the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. even though, the adventure west was once now not inevitably a delicate one. in line with a few data, approximately one-tenth of the emigrants perished alongside the way in which. After the finishing touch of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, site visitors alongside the Oregon path declined. but, the path used to be used till sleek highways have been developed parallel to massive parts of the path throughout the Eighteen Nineties. "The Oregon path" specializes in the interval of 1840-1859, whilst nearly 52,000 pioneers moved to Oregon, and approximately 5 occasions that opted to maneuver to California or Utah.
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He had helped to catalog the plant specimens brought back by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. To enhance his missionary efforts, Jason Lee also brought along a schoolteacher and a pair of assistants. Wyeth’s group New Missions in Oregon finally numbered approximately 70 members in all. The party set out for the West in late April 1834. Wyeth’s second venture along the trail again included wagons. For the most part, these were filled with the supplies that he had contracted to deliver to the trappers.
Not only were wagons (continues on page 30) 27 28 The Oregon Trail MOUNTAIN MEN AND THE RENDEZVOUS The era of the mountain men in American history was short but colorful. They were, perhaps, the most multicultural group in the West: They included Frenchmen, Englishmen, Mexicans, Americans, Indians, Scots—even Hawaiians. Western fur trappers were, perhaps, a breed unto themselves. They were a group of men, typically romanticized as free spirits, who made their livings by trapping and trading. At the center of their world were the fur-bearing animals of the West.
7 Only then did the Crow chief understand the men’s question: How can we get through the mountains? The chief changed the shape of the “mountains” that Clyman had made to indicate the existence of a low gap between two peaks in the Rockies—South Pass. In late February 1824, after staying with the Crow during much of the winter, Smith and his men set out on horseback toward the mountains. They soon encountered harsh mountain storms that piled snow up in their path. They forced their way along the south branch of the Wind River and then reached the Sweetwater River.