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Did you know that the pioneers in the Great Migration of 1843 used the Oregon Trail to travel from Missouri to Oregon? The Oregon Trail stretched 2,170 miles across what is now Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. The trail was started around 1811, but it could only be used by foot or riding a horse. Pioneers kept on making improvements to the Oregon Trail by cutting down trees to widen the path; building bridges, ferries, and roads. By the time the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, an estimated 400,000 people used the Oregon Trail to travel to new homes.

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Bonus Facts:

The Great Migration of 1843 was also known as the Wagon Train of 1843. There were about 700 – 1000 emigrants in that group. The wagons were able to travel to Fort Hall (Idaho), before being advised to switch to using horses and pack animals for the rest of the trip. The group continued on with their wagons, cutting down heavy timber in their path and building road improvements as they needed them. Near The Dalles (Oregon), they had to disassemble their wagons and float down the Columbia River to get around Mount Hood and to the Willamette Valley.

Parts of the original trail can still be found along the Oregon National Historical Trail, maintained by the National Park Service.