In some instances, this required using timber to lift the wagon boxes higher over the chassis. Ferrys were also available, including the Mormon Ferry near present day Casper and a ferry at Deer Creek. At South Pass, the Emigrant Trail crossed the Continental Divide and proceeded into present-day Utah toward Fort Bridger. The emigrants crossed into present-day Wyoming and passed by Fort Laramie on the way to Emigrant Gap, where the Oregon Trail overlapped the Mormon and California Trails, and climbed into the Rocky Mountains. The next landmark is Independence Rock and the Sweetwater River. The town of Independence, strategically located on the Missouri River and the Santa Fe Trail, was the starting point for many emigrants on the Oregon Trail.

  • Reynal was an adept at this work; he and Delorier have joined forces and are hard at work together over the fire, while Raymond spreads, by way of tablecloth, a buffalo hide, carefully whitened with pipeclay, on the grass before the tent.
  • If I observed aright, he met with very good success in his new pursuits; still the Hail-Storm had much to accomplish before he attained the full standing of a warrior.
  • Oregon Trail was, after all, designed as educational software, and historical accuracy and information are goals unto themselves.
  • The journey took up to six months, with wagons making between ten and twenty miles per day of travel.
  • The Oregon Trail, generally following the North Platte, the Sweetwater, the Snake and finally the Columbia Rivers, became the great highway into the Northwest.
  • The same picture, slightly changed in shade and coloring, would serve with very few exceptions for all the tribes that lie north of the Mexican territories.

We had passed the more toilsome and monotonous part of the journey; but four hundred miles still intervened between us and Fort Laramie; and to reach that point cost us the travel of three additional weeks. During the whole of this time we were passing up the center of a long narrow sandy plain, reaching like an outstretched belt nearly to the Rocky Mountains. Before us and behind us, the level monotony of the plain was unbroken as far as the eye could reach. Sometimes it glared in the sun, an expanse of hot, bare sand; sometimes it was veiled by long coarse grass. Huge skulls and whitening bones of buffalo were scattered everywhere; the ground was tracked by myriads of them, and often covered with the circular indentations where the bulls had wallowed in the hot weather. From every gorge and ravine, opening from the hills, descended deep, well-worn paths, where the buffalo issue twice a day in regular procession down to drink in the Platte.


The main feature that distinguishes the 1980 version from its text-only predecessors is that the shooting activities include simple graphics. There is also a crude map available to indicate your progress. The 1990 DOS version of The Oregon Trail was intended to be identical to the 1985 Apple II version.

By sunrise on the 23d of May we had breakfasted; the tents were leveled, the animals saddled and harnessed, and all was prepared. Wright, our friend’s muleteer, after some swearing and lashing, got his insubordinate train in motion, and then the whole party filed from the ground. Thus we bade a long adieu to bed and board, and the principles of Blackstone’s Commentaries The day was a most auspicious one; and yet Shaw and I felt certain misgivings, which in the sequel proved but too well founded.

Crossing The North Platte River

The typical wagon could hold 2000 pounds, and 1800 pounds of that was food. The Oregon Trail was the main route that migrants used to travel from the east of the USA, to the west. First published by explorer Jedidiah Smith in 1825, it was the only practical way for migrants to make this journey. The first migrants who used the trail reached Oregon in 1836, and by 1869 over 400,000 people had made the journey. Like so many of MECC’s games, “Dinopark Tycoon” is charming and memorable — and manages to stand the test of time decades later. The one-way toll road—east to west—was formally opened later in 1846, with tolls regulated at five dollars for each wagon and ten cents a head for livestock.

The stream ran swiftly, as clear as crystal, through the bosom of the wood, sparkling over its bed of white sand and darkening again as it entered a deep cavern of leaves and boughs. I was thoroughly exhausted, and flung myself on the ground, scarcely able to move. All that afternoon I lay in the shade by the side of the stream, and those bright woods and sparkling waters are associated in my mind with recollections of lassitude and utter prostration.