By 1843, when the first large wagon
train was organized, a route existed across the continent from Independence,
Missouri to the Pacific Ocean. It was a rough path, somewhat connected, made by
trappers and Native Americans. As wagon trains continued to head
west, this trail became more
defined. In places, the path became 6-10 feet deep and 50-100 feet wide.
The Oregon Trail was not
the only trail, but it was popular. It was important because it allowed people
to settle in the west. So what was life like on the trail?