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mysterious and deadly disease--called cholera for
which there was no cure. Often, an emigrant would
go from healthy to dead in just a few hours. Sometimes
they received a proper burial, but often, the
sick would be abandoned, in their beds, on the
side of the trail. They would die alone. http://www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Hardships.html Bibiliography: -Accidents The emigrant wagons didn't have any safety features. If someone fell under the massive wagon wheels, death was instant. Many lost their lives this way. Most often, the victims were children. -Weather Great thunderstorms took their toll. A half-dozen emigrants were killed by lightning strikes; many others were injured by hail the size of apples. Pounding rains were especially difficult for the emigrants because there was no shelter on the open plains and the covered wagons eventually leaked. h
n Indian Tribes -Omaha -Otoe -Kansa -Pawnee Animals Buffalo Cholera is a DEADLY disease.....
AVOID IT! Kids usually fell under these...
CAREFUL! Length of Trail The Oregon Trail was approximately 2,170 miles. The Oregon Trail in nebraska is around 400 miles. Rock Creek Station was built to serve the stagecoach and Pony Express. People would that were moving west would stop here to buy supplies or camp. The owner of the station is David McCanless. He built a toll bridge here. The charge between 10 and 50 cents. Ft. Kearny was the first military post built to protect the Oregon Trail emigrants. Many pioneers bought food and other supplies at the fort, and almost everyone took advantage of the fort’s reliable mail service. In late May and early June as many as 2,000 emigrants and 10,000 oxen might pass through in a single day. Most emigrants had been following the south side of the Platte River for hundreds of miles--this was the best place to cross. Unlike many other crossings, this river crossing was not difficult most years. That’s because the Platte here was often no more than one or two feet deep--although it was typically more than a mile wide. Some years, the Platte River would actually be two miles wide at this point To an emigrant who had never seen a mountain, Courthouse Rock and its companion, Jail Rock were quite stunning. They took a side trip of several miles on foot just to get a closer look. Today, the spire stands 325 feet above the plain, but during the time of the migration, Chimney Rock was substantially higher. It was the most spectacular landmark on the entire trail. Many considered it the eighth wonder of the world. In their enthusiasm, some tried to climb the massive rock but none got higher than the base. Ash Hollow Chimney Rock Rock
Station Ft. Kearny Courthouse Rock -Arapaho The Oregon Trail traveled through Nebraska as shown above. However, this map is from before the europeans arrived in nebraska, so the tribes may not be as accurate. Now, look at the map below. http://www.univie.ac.at/Anglistik/easyrider/data/graphics/Oretrail.jpg http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Oregon_Trail On avereage, you could say it touk around 30 days for one perosn to go across the Oregon Trail in Nebraska. http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/OregonTail.html http://www.native-languages.org/nebraska.htm Buffalo was a common animal pioneers found while traveling the Oregon Trail.
(Nebraska) Major Landmarks and Forts ( including places to get supplies ) Here, you can see that there is another trail starting from Councili Bluffs, Iowa connecting with the trail starting in Independence at around Fort Kearney in Nebraska. If you count that trail, the length of the trail in Nebraska would actually be around 500-550 miles. Physical Regions Nebraska was mostly plains
and prairie. However, as
travelers moved west along
the Oregon Trail, the physical
region became more mountanious.
What you see on the bottom is
Scott's bluff, rising over 800
feet high. This is a landmark at
the western part of Nebraska.
Scouts climed this structure
to see what lay ahead. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2147243/nebraska_history_the_oregon_trail_pg2.html?cat=16 Rabbits Rabbits were a common
hunting target for pioneers.
Rabbits also occured in
large numbers along the
Great Plains in
Nebraska, which extends
to places like Wyoming
and Colorado. Coyotes Coyotes were also found in
the Great Plains. Coyotes
had a bad reputation for
eating animals that the
pioneers caught and for
vigorously searching through
human graves. They could be
heard making loud noises at
night, like howling and yelping. http://www.ehow.com/info_8094423_animals-were-found-oregon-trail.html Watching