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Oregon National Historic Trail, Missouri to Oregon - From the early to mid-1830s and particularly through the epoch years 1846–1869 the Oregon Trail and its many offshoots were used by about 400,000 settlers, ranchers, farmers, miners, and businessmen and their families. The eastern half of the trail was also used by travelers on the California Trail (from 1843), Bozeman Trail (from 1863), and Mormon Trail (from 1847) before turning off to their separate destinations.
Ezra Meeker 1830-1928 Mountain man, Trapper, Guide, Before his death in 1928, just a few days shy of his 98th birthday, Ezra Meeker had not only walked the Oregon Trail several times, he'd ridden along it in an automobile and aboard a train, and flown over it in an airplane: he'd come a long way, and for many his story symbolized the opportunities that had been available on the frontier.
Ezra Meeker, (1830-1928) As a young man, he was a pioneer who traveled the Oregon Trail by covered wagon. Beginning in his 7O's, he worked tirelessly to memorialize the trail, repeatedly retracing the trip of his youth. He brought publicity to the Oregon Trail, marking it with monuments in communities along the way, so that its historical significance would not be lost.