Have you ever thought of what it would have been like 150 years ago crossing into a new frontier? This trip will cover over 2000 miles and would take you five months to complete. One in ten people will not make it and will be one of the many crosses on the side of its path. You would run into wild rivers, large animals and massive mountain passes. Outside these dangers there is a promise for a new start in life, gold and opportunity.
You will have to take all your life’s belongings with you, along with what you need to start your new life in the wild west. You also need necessities like food And water as the trip is long and physically demanding. You will face cold in the mountains, extreme heat in the desert and harsh winds on the plains. This will all be done with you and your family on a stagecoach along with several others seeking the same dream.
The National Park Service , Bureau of Land Management and several other local agencies help preserve the remaining 300 miles of trail and tell of its struggles to travel west by stagecoach. The ruts are still in place from the 300,000 people who made this trip across from Missouri to Oregon.
Today we are fortunate to easily access these sites from the comfort of our cars and learn of the hardships our ancestors made. I can only imagine what this one trip made on their outlook in life.