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Oregon Trail

Description of the Oregon Trail. Includes means of travel, reasons for travel, hardships, weather, chores, and connections to people who travelled.

Sarah Novacek

on 16 June 2010

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Transcript of Oregon Trail

Reasons for Travel Oregon Trail Modes of Transportation Hardships Weather Chores Connections Wagons:Conestoga and Emmigrant
Oxen,horses,and mules were used to pull the wagons. Walking
Many people walked the entire 2,000 miles by foot. Sickness
Shortage of Food

Native Americans Geographical hardships
Terrible Thunderstorms Snow Storms Packing and unloading wagon Collecting buffalo chips for fire Fetching water from streams and rivers I can connect to pioneers on the Oregon Trail because I have also left my home for a better opportunity. My family moved to a different state for my dad's job. This job offered more to us as a family. We had to pack up all of our belongings and travel by car to another state. It was hard to leave my family and friends behind, and it was difficult to start over in another home. Lucky for me, I could still communicate to everyone back home, and I was able to bring all of my belongings with me. Thunderstorms and rain made traveling hard for the pioneers. The wagon wheels would get stuck in the mud, the wagons would flood, and lightning would start the covers on fire. During the winter months, pioneers had little escape from the bitter cold. Snow would blow into their wagons and it was very difficult for the animals to travel. Cholera was a big sickness during the journey. There was no way to treat it, and it spread among the wagon trains. Many pioneers lost their lives to cholera. At times throughout the journey, there were no animals to hunt. Pioneers had to live on the bare minimum of food they brought. Due to the popularity of the westward movement, wagon trains that left later suffered from the lack of plantation for their animals. Many times there was no grass or plants for the oxen and horses to eat. They would become extremely weak and many needed to be left behind. Most Native Americans were friendly and helpful throughout the journey, but some pioneers had some issues with them. Some Native Americans would swarm a wagon train and still all of their goods, food, and even animals. It was hard for the wagons to cross rough rivers. Sometimes the wagons had to take off the wheels and float across the river. Many people lost animals, as well as goods, during the crossing. Steep mountains caused many problems for the pioneers and their animals. It was difficult for the animals to travel up and down steep hills. Many animals would fall and get hurt. Some wagons would also fall apart due to the pressure. Conestoga wagons were bigger, but many pioneer families could not afford them. Free and fertile land
Escape sickness back home Gold Rush Landmarks and Geographical Features Chimney Rock This was an important landmark for pioneers because it reassure them they were going the right way! Fort Kearny Fort Kearny was the first stop that pioneers could restock their supplies. Most pioneers took advantage of this "mall!" Created by:
Sarah Novacek
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