The historic Oregon Trail commemorates its 175th anniversary in 2018. Famed as the “Pathway to the West”, it was in 1843 that around 1,000 pioneers made the 2,200-mile journey to Oregon, marking the start of the “Great Migration”.
Over the next 25 years, 300,000 people took this route, escaping hard economic times and disease in the East and Midwest. Inspired by dreams of gold and lush farmlands, most pioneers started the route at Independence, Missouri and headed for Oregon or California. Passing through seven states, the 5-month grueling journey posed many hardships. 1 in 10 people died crossing the desolate terrain and raging rivers. Cholera, crushing wagons wheels, rivers and even the weather claimed many lives. Running low on food supplies, some pioneers even resorted to cannibalism to survive.
In 1869 the transcontinental railroad was completed which saw an end to the “Great Migration” along the Oregon Trail. In 1968 Congress decreed it a National Historic Trail. Today Highway 26 follows much of its route.
Find out what it is like to ride in a wagon train as these pioneers did, on our Old West Wagon Train Adventure.
This guided small group Wild West 2-night/3-day experience departs on selective dates in Summer 2018. For further details, or to include this unique journey as part of your tailor-made holiday, please contact Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194.
Alternatively, if you are considering The Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon for your next road-trip adventure contact Bon Voyage, we'd be delighted to provide suggestions and great places to visit en route!