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Westward Expansion: Oregon Trail

These sites have information about the Oregon Trail during the time of Westward expansion. Includes timelines, maps, and photographs. Find out what life was like for children who traveled on the trail. There are links to eThemes Resources on covered wagons, pioneers, other Western trails, and chapter books about the Oregon Trail.


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This page has an Oregon Trail timeline from 1844 to 1853.
This is an extensive site that tells about hardships, Native Americans, buffalo, and life on the Oregon Trail.
Click on the picture and listen to a historian talk about Independence Rock and its relation to the Oregon Trail.
Use the interactive calandar to find out important dates in Oregon History.
Learn about one of the most famous landmarks along the Oregon Trail. Click on the link to hear the historian talk.
Read about the starting points for the Oregon Trail.
This site has interesting facts about the pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail.
These sites explain the different types of covered wagons that were used by pioneers to traverse the Oregon Trail in the late 19th century. Topics include the materials, dimensions, usage, manufacturers, cost, and durability of this primitive mode of transportation.
These sites are about the Santa Fe, Overland, California, and the Mormon Pioneer trails. See pictures of the West in the 1800s and study maps of the trails. Read about life along the trails. Includes eThemes resources on the Oregon Trail and covered wagons. Watch a video on Arrow Rock, a stopping point on the way West.
These sites are about the book "Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie" and corresponding classroom activities. Includes eThemes relating to the book's themes of pioneers, the Oregon Trail, and covered wagons.
These sites are about the book "West to a Land of Plenty" that chronicles an Italian immigrant family's journey west. Also has information about author Jim Murphy. There are links to several eThemes on topics relating to the book's themes, including covered wagons, railroads, pioneers, and Westward Expansion.
These sites focus on the American westward expansion during the 1800s. Includes information about the men, women, and children who came to the West. Learn about Kit Carson, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, the Mountain men, gold miners, and African Americans of the West. Includes an eMINTS WebQuest on Lewis and Clark.

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