oregon trail road trip
this summer, shall we ford the river or caulk the wagon and float it across? (this is actually a mix of the oregon, mormon, and california trails, because we live in california and need to get home eventually)
Louis Vieux Family Cemetery
Louis Vieux Family Cemetery near Louisville, KS. This lonesome burial plot along the old Oregon Trail route is worth a visit. The headstones have been lovingly recorded and preserved where possible, and there's even a little picnic bench down at the bottom of the hill. Good views down onto the neighboring countryside.
South Pass City State Historic Site
South Pass City, Wyoming A ghost town with the illustrious distinction of being the birthplace of women’s suffrage in the US, South Pass City has seen a recent return to semi-glory. Restoration has been done with such authenticity and attention to detail that every one of the 30 historical buildings, containing over 30,000 mostly original artifacts, is a delight to enter and explore. The hotel rooms look inviting enough to rent, the saloons to enjoy a drink.
Forty Mile Desert
California National Historic Trail - The Forty-Mile Desert was a barren stretch of waterless alkali wasteland, the most dreaded part of the California Trail. Emigrants entered this valley via the Humboldt River. If possible, the Forty Mile Desert was crossed at night. Regardless of its horrors, it was the accepted trail. A survey in 1850 showed the following statistics: 1,061 dead mules, almost 5,000 horses, 3,750 cattle and 953 graves. The heaviest traffic came from 1849 to 1869.
Oregon Trail maps and brochures provided by the NPS
Gateway Arch Museum of Westward Expansion
This Is The Place Heritage Park
visit to This Is the Place Heritage Park - walking through old pioneer buildings and getting a good view of the city
Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site
Hollenberg Ranch Pony Express Station, near Hanover. Pony Express Riders carried the Overland Mail through 1,966 miles of territory, now eight states. This is the only unaltered station in its original location.
South Pass City
Carissa... The Carissa Mine is what brought people to South Pass City, Wyoming.
the tracy aviary, salt lake city
Rock Creek Station Historical Park
Rock Creek Pony Express Station, Fairbury NE
Known as the "Register of the Desert," Independence Rock was a key landmark for pioneers as they picked their way across the American frontier. Hundreds of names have been carved into the hard stone over the years. Travelers of the Oregon Trail raced to reach Independence Rock by the fourth of July when a giant celebration was held each year. The rock was named by William Sublette in 1830 in honor of the birth date of the United States. Arriving at this location by the fourth of July assured the the wagon trains would make it through the Rockies before winter.
Origon Trail Parting Of Ways
The Parting of the Ways is where the Oregon and California Trails fork from the original route to Fort Bridger to an alternative route, the Sublette-Greenwood Cutoff, across the Little Colorado Desert. Many wagon trains parted company, some preferring the shorter cutoff route, which involved fifty waterless miles, to the longer but better-watered main route.
Donner Pass Summit
Lincoln Highway at Donner Pass