Wagon Trains

By: Caitlynn Porras


Over 100 years ago pioneers would travel by wagon train. They would pack their stuff and start heading west. They would form a train of wagons and they would help each other.


The wagon has four large wooden wheels. It had a cover to keep them dry when it rained and to keep them cool when the sun is shining. They had a really small place in the wagon to ride in and to sleep in.


Many people got diseases and died a couple days later or even hours later. Some of the diseases were called Malaria, Scurvy, and Cholera. They had vary few doctors maybe even no doctors. Their wagons would tip over when they were going up mountains or going over rivers.


Some of the trails the wagons went on were the Oregon trail and the Santa Fe trail. The Oregon trail started in independence and ended in Portland and Oregon city. The Santa Fe trail started in independence and split into 2 other trails the Gala River trail and the Old Spanish trail.

Helpful animals

Some of the helpful animals were oxen, horses, mules, and cattle. Oxen were used more then horses, mules, and cattle. They might use 4, 6, or even 8 oxen, horses, mules, & cattle. They would have to get green grass for the animals to eat. They had to use chain or use rains to tie them to the front of each wagon.


Over 100 years ago pioneers would travel by wagon train. Once they got to Oregon they would unpack their stuff and start building a house. Some of there family mates died, but they would still kept going on with their life.


Kalman, Bobbie. The Wagon Train. New York: Crabtree Pub., 1999. Print.

Mrs. Falk

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