Dangers on The Oregan Trail

By Jonathan Gulak

Statement


  • The journey was a great test of the travelers endurance but it also helped get them ready for the tough life west.


Support

  • The journey on the Oregon Trail was tough. Settlers had to face flooded rivers, Indians, diseases, and most food and wood was scarce too.

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  • If you left for the west to early you would not have enough grass for your animals and if you left late you would probably be caught in killer blizzards.


  • The Great Plains were a tough place to go through on the trail, there was little water and very few trees for firewood.



Statement

  • There were lot of outlaws and dangers on the trail that kept the pioneers on their toes.

Support

  • There were a lot of outlaws robbing wagon trains and small town banks like the “Wild Bunch”.


  • Scorpions could get into your boots and then when you put your boot on they would sting you.


  • Rattlesnakes were a big problem on the trail too, their bite hurt a lot but it was rarely fatal.



Statement


  • Being a sheriff or Marshall in a town was a big responsibility because of all the crime that was going on.



Support
  • Some wagon trains would hire armed guards to keep away robbers and indians.


  • Some shady characters were elected Sheriff like Wyatt Earp who was into gambling and drinking.



  • The Marshall of deadwood had a busy job between stage robberies and the murder of Wild Bill Hickok.