Oregon Trail Journal
By Chloe Gundry
This picture shows the wagons that carried their luggage in while the settlers walked by foot.
"Pathways of Pioneers." : Idaho's Oregon Trail Legacy. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.
April 25, 1843
Its getting late, and some people in my wagon train are going hunting. I brought plenty of food for us to cover for tonights dinner, so I will not be joining them. We just finished dinner and we must continue on the trail until the sun sets. As we are walking along, a native from the Su tribe approaches us. He is coming up to us and asks if we would like to gamble. I don't know what to expect, but my wagon train and I decide to take the offer. Luckily nothing bad happens, and we all receive $25. The sun is almost gone, so we go to look for fire wood. While I go look for the wood, I have my brother Sam help set up camp. Well I just returned back with fire wood, and its almost time for bed. See you tomorrow.
Route to Oregon
This picture shows the route that settlers had to take in order to get to Oregon to start a new life.
"The Oregon Trail: Modern Map." The Oregon Trail: Modern Map. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.
August 12, 1843
Yesterday we had to cross a river and we once again had the choice of crossing at our own risk or paying to be taken across safely. I chose to pay because I don't want to put any of my siblings and I at risk. Some people in my wagon train go hunting but I decide not to since I still have plenty of bacon packed. Right now we are currently traveling and we see a splitting point up ahead. Some wagons take different routes but my wagon train takes the Barrial Ground trail. We will continue to travel along the trail, and this time I will hopefully write sooner.
November 19, 1843
We are back on the trail. Up ahead I see Indians blocking the road. As we come up to them we politely asked them to let us pass but they refuse. Oh no, this means trouble... Suddenly the other Indians ambush us with a surprise attack. Emma and Josh are shot by an arrow in the shoulder, Once we get away from the Indains, we help Josh and Emma heal their arms.
It's almost sunset and we decided to take a new trail called the Salt Flat Trail. I will write later, until then, goodbye.
December 7, 1843
This morning I unfortunating lost my two youngest siblings, Bethany and Henry. I am still mourning over the fact that I will never see them again. It's very hard to carry on without them, especially with four other siblings that I am responsible for. I feel so guilty about putting them at risk while we decided to go on this journey to Oregon. But as hard as it is to continue without them, we must go on climbing this 2,000ft mountain ahead of us. We finally made it up that steep and treacherous mountain and now we must decided what to do next. My wagon train and I decide to take the safest path even if it's blocked by snow.
This is it we made it half way through the trail... It's blocked and we cannot turn back and we have no food left. We have no chance of survival... goodbye
Oregon Trail Memorial
This picture is of a trail marker that was placed there by Ezra Meeker in 1906.
"Oregon Trail History Pictures Historical Facts." Oregon Trail History Pictures Historical Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2015.