Wagon Trains To The Old West
By | November 4, 2021
Wagon-train transportation was organized by settlers in the United States for emigration to the West during the late 18th century and most of the 19th century. These wagon trains became the mode of long-distance transportation for people and goods. During the 19th century is when some of the most famous wagon trains developed, including the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Smoky Hill Trail, and the Southern Overland Mail route.
The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail, also known as the Oregon–California Trail, was a trail between Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon. This was one of two main emigrant routes to the American West. This trail was approximately 2,000 miles long (or 3,200 kilometers) and helped hundreds of thousands of emigrants to reach the Northwest between the 1840s and the 1860s. This trail crossed difficult terrain that included large territories settled by Native Americans.