Category Archives: Oregon Trail Big Day

April Thrift Report 5

The toaster oven and microwave are important tools in my kitchen. I use them daily to reheat my meals from the stockpile in the freezer. Recently the on-off knob on my toaster oven developed a short. At first I was able to make it work by … Continue reading

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The End of the Oregon Trail

The Dalles The Dalles was named by French-Canadian fur trappers for the French word for gutter. Here emigrants floated down the Columbia River in rafts through the stony river gorge. The passage, with emigrants and their wagons crowded onto a … Continue reading

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The Oregon Trail #11 The Whitman Mission

The Whitman Mission The Whitman Mission, founded in 1836 by Methodist missionaries Marcus & Narcissa Whitman offered religious instruction and medical services to the local Cayuse Indians. They also gave care and supplies to wagon parties travelling along the Oregon … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #10 Three Island Crossing and The Blue Mountains

Three Island Crossing At Three Island Crossing emigrants on the Oregon Trail reached a critical junction. Here they had to decide whether to make the difficult crossing of the Snake River or take a longer alternative route along the south … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #9 Ft. Bridger and Soda Sprngs

Fort Bridger   Ft. Bridger was originally a fur trading post established in 1842 by Jim Bridger. Later it became a vital resupply post for wagon trains taking the Oregon Trail. Jim Bridger discovered the Great Salt Lake. He was … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #8 Devil’s Gate and South Pass

Devil’s Gate Devil’s Gate is a narrow gorge cut by the Sweetwater River in the Rattlesnake Mountains of Wyoming. The gorge was too narrow for wagons to pass. They had to go through a pass to the south of the … Continue reading

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Oregon Trail #7 Buffalo Chips

On the plains the only available fuel was dried buffalo droppings. These buffalo chips burnt fast. It would take a bushel full or more to prepare a meal. Prior to our game paper mache chips were hidden along the trail. … Continue reading

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