It started in Independence, Missouri and traveled a cleared trail that reached to Fort Hall, Idaho.
Their trek began on May 22 and lasted five months. It effectively opened the floodgates of pioneer migration along the Oregon Trail and became known as the Great Emigration of 1843.
foods-flour, crackers, bacon, sugar, coffee, tea, beans, rice, dried fruit, salt, pepper, and saleratus, and medicines. utensils-cast iron skillet or spider, oven, coffee pot/tea kettle, , cups, silverware, matches, cantines, buckets/water bags. Weapons-rifles, pistols, powder, lead. clothing-3 cotton pieces of clothing. (SEWING KIT)
Crossing rivers was the most dangerous. Swollen rivers could tip over and drown both people and oxen. Accidents could cause your life and supplies. Animals would panic in the water, causing to overturn.
The Oregon Trail stretched more than 2,000 miles from Missouri almost to the Pacific Ocean and the Oregon coast. The U.S. government promised settlers a square-mile of land for almost nothing. Life on the Oregon trail wasn’t any easier.
The Oregon Trail was a roughly 2,000-mile route from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon, which was used by hundreds of thousands of American pioneers in the mid-1800s to emigrate west. The trailwas arduous and snaked through Missouri and present-day Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and finally into Oregon