What did they do for fun on the Oregon Trail?
Occasionally there was time for playing, exploring, and visiting with friends.
At night, there might be singing and dancing around the campfire.
They played games such as London Bridge, leap frog, button-button, and other games.
on the trail, but formal schooling waited until they were settled in Oregon.
Can you still see the Oregon Trail?
Until 1852, when the McAuley Road cutoff was blazed, pioneers had to face the challenge of Big Hill. The longest, steepest climb on the Oregon Trail, the hill had an even more dangerous descent. Tracks are still visible going up the hill, and are also visible on the way back down, into Bear River Valley.
What were the dangers of the Oregon Trail?
Major threats to pioneer life and limb came from accidents, exhaustion, and disease. Crossing rivers were probably the most dangerous thing pioneers did. Swollen rivers could tip over and drown both people and oxen. Such accidents could cause the loss of life and most or all of valuable supplies.
What did they take on the Oregon Trail?
Two hundred pounds of flour, thirty pounds of pilot bread, seventy-five pounds of bacon, ten pounds of rice, five pounds of coffee, two pounds of tea, twenty-five pounds of sugar, half a bushel of dried beans, one bushel of dried fruit, two pounds of saleratus, ten pounds of salt, half a bushel of corn meal; and it is
Did pioneers sleep in covered wagons?
Some pioneers did sleep in their wagons. Some did camp on the ground—either in the open or sheltered under the wagon. But many used canvas tents. Despite the romantic depictions of the covered wagon in movies and on television, it would not have been very comfortable to travel in or sleep in the wagon.
How I died on the Oregon Trail?
Death was rampant on the Oregon Trail. These deaths were mostly in part to disease or accidents. Diseases ranged from a fever to dysentery, but the most deadly disease was cholera. This disease stole into the shadows and reared its ugly head from the unsanitary conditions on the trail.
How many died on the Oregon Trail?
How long does it take to drive the Oregon Trail?
Plan on spending three weeks if possible, or at least 10 days for a fast trip. This is one-way, of course. Three weeks will allow time to linger at places that interest you. Present-day pioneers need at least a half-day, not a half-hour, at an informative site such as Baker City’s Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Why is the Oregon Trail so important?
The Oregon Trail was a major route that people took when migrating to the western part of the United States. Between 1841 and 1869, hundreds of thousands of people traveled westward on the trail. Many of them traveled in large wagon trains using covered wagons to carry their belongings.