Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Countdown Begins-A Visual Tour of the Oregon Trail

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As I thought of what to share today, the Oregon Trail kept coming to mind. I kept thinking of other topics, but the idea wouldn't go away, so today I'll take you on a visual tour of the Oregon Trail, sharing photos of some of the most recognizable landmarks the emigrants would look for on their countdown to Oregon.

We begin with Independence, MO, the beginning of the trail.

Our next step is Courthouse and Jailhouse Rock, the first landmark the pioneers would come to.

Twelve miles west comes one of the now most famous landmarks, Chimney Rock.

We're counting down and well into our trip. Now we've reached what's present-day Wyoming, and we make a stop at Ft. Laramie, one of the most important forts in the west. Close your eyes and picture it in its heyday, with scores of soldiers, wagons, and pioneers about.

Moving on, we stop at Independence Rock, so called each because wagon train hoped to reach it by July 4th. If they didn't, they knew they were behind.

About this time, many pioneers would need to restock supplies. Ft. Bridger became an important stopping point along the trail.

Now in Washington, we come to the Whitman Mission. An important piece of history, it was burned down in 1847 by the Cayuse Indians in what's known at the Whitman Massacre. Today in it's location is a national historic site and monument to honor its former presence.

Arrival! After nearly six months or more, the pioneers have made to the lush green land of the the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

Day 11 of Countdown to Leap into Love featuring:

Leah Atwood

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  1. I love the visual tour of the Oregon Trail landmarks--the way the Pioneers used them as a countdown of their progress. I love the way you tied the theme into the Countdown to Leap into Love. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great post Leah. I love those pictures!!!!

  3. Love the countdown to Leap into Love with the visual tour of the Oregon Trail! I have always loved the stories on the Oregon Trail! I think my favorite era would probably be about 1850-1860 probably because by 1850's they had been traveling enough years to know what to expect for the most part. Great job w the visual tour!!

  4. Loved the ride along the trail through the beautiful pictures. Looking forward to the new book.

  5. Enjoyed the trip, Leah. Thank you. Doris McCraw/Angela Raines

  6. The 1860's I think the Civil War was a fascinating time period.