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The Oregon Trail, Life on the Wagon Trains Illustration

The Oregon Trail, Life on the Wagon Trains for Kids and Teachers

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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?