News Display: Great Emigration Departs for Oregon
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 05/01/2017
Uploaded: 05/15/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Gold Rush, pioneers, Westward Movement

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Great Emigration Departs for Oregon, Monday, 5/22


On May 22, 1843, a thousand pioneers headed west to Oregon from Independence, Missouri, in a massive wagon train and in search of a better life: gold, rich farmland, avoidance of yellow fever and malaria that plagued the midwest. The dangerous two thousand mile journey along the route known as The Oregon Trail, previously laid down by fur trappers, involved adverse weather conditions, including dust; lack of food and supplies; illness; not to mention conflicting personalities. After five months of hardship, the settlers arrived in Willamette Valley, Oregon, now synonymous with "wine country", due to the large number of vineyards.

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