Did you know that Fort Laramie, Wyoming was known as “Camp Sacrifice”? As they travelled along the Oregon Trail, pioneers frequently had to decide what they could and could not continue to carry. Several areas of the trail became notorious ‘dumping grounds’. Pioneers left behind empty barrels; wagon parts; and any other items they could not carry any further such as books, furniture, fancy household goods, and extra clothing. At the start of the Oregon Trail, dishonest merchants tricked naive pioneers into purchasing more supplies than they needed. In 1849, “Camp Sacrifice” found more than 20,000 pounds of unused, rancid bacon outside its walls!
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Also, the Oregon Trail did not have just 1 set route. Guides and group leaders were often trying to find new routes to bypass hazards or to discover shortcuts. Even when a wagon trail traveled along the ‘customary’ route, they seldom traveled in single file. Pioneers spread out to find areas for their animals to graze and to avoid the clouds of dust that other wagons stirred up.