Oregon Trail

Westward Expansion Activity


The Oregon Trail was a 2,000 mile trail for Pioneers to move westward for a better life.


  • The Oregon Trail was modeled after Lewis and Clark's expedition trail. It then became popular during Westward Expansion because it was the most efficient way to move westward.
  • The "Wind Wagon" was a special wagon that used sails to move forward.
  • The Oregon Trail shaped how the country is today and definitely changed the lives for the Native Americans. Without it, the west might have taken much longer to inhabit or may have been taken by another country in general.