I often wonder if I would have had the courage to pack up my family and all of my worldly possessions and brave the unknown for a chance at a better life "out west". Those were some special people.
High Rock Canyon in Nevada has messages scrawled in wagon axle grease still on the walls
Fun fact: the ruts get shallower the closer you get to Oregon.
Another stretch of Oregon Trail wagon ruts can be seen alongside a paved road, Lytle Blvd, that runs between the Oregon towns of Owyhee, and Vale.
If that's the case it might still be possible to find all the bullets I lost trying to ford the river.
Damn I got dysentery just reading this
Oregon Trial: *The judge has died from dysentery*
I like how this list leaves off Ash Hollow, Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff in Nebraska. Literally the three most important parts of the Oregon Trail in Nebraska.
From Oregon. Saw these as a kid. Made history seem so real.
I grew up in Oregon, and my elementary school class took a field trip to go see them. It was honestly pretty cool, even at that age when I didn't have nearly enough context to adequately appreciate how cool it really was.
Not really surprising. If you live in areas where people have been a long time you sometimes see old desire paths. I have an ancient one in my back yard. We don’t know how it formed but we’ve tried to get rid of it a few times and it always settles back down into the old path.
I think a lot about the pioneers that came up on the Mississippi River. They had to have been like, "Wow how in the world..." but then they get through that and come across the Rocky Mountains. At that point, I wouldn't have gave a shit what else was further west. I'd be done right there.