Bound For Oregon

A Book By Van Leeuwen

The story of a young girl

This book contains the story of a strong-willed young girl named Mary Ellen Todd and her family as they travel along the Oregon Trail. They encounter sickness, Native American encounters, dangerous river crossings, and much more during the six month, 2,000 mile journey to the valleys of Oregon. They are traveling in 1852, and many people are traveling west for many reasons. To escape the practice of slavery, to gat new and better land, and to seize a new beginning for their family.

History of the Oregon trail

The Oregon Trail was a dangerous, dusty, and sometimes just plain foolhardy way of going to Oregon. But if you made it, you could claim a lot of land. The Oregon Trail was made in 1811, but it was only able to be traveled by foot. By 1836, the trail was fit for wagons. From 1846 to 1869, about 400,000 people used the Oregon trail at some point. About 3 out of 10 immigrants died on the trail. In total, between 9,400 and 21,000 people died in total while traveling to Oregon. The biggest factor in the amount of deaths was disease, killing in total anywhere from 6000 to 12,500 travelers.

Why you should read this book

This book is worth getting. I can't say much more about this book than that. It is a captivating story about an important historical event. The story is biased on the true account of Mary Ellen Todd's travels through the trail and the difficulties she and her family faced.
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Mary Ellen Todd & Her Family

Mary Ellen Todd is the main character in this story. She is head strong and doesn't like being told what to do. But if her father is asking, she will do what is asked without delay. Her sister, Louvina, is very compliant, and will do anything she is told. She also sleeps like a rock. Mary also has a baby sister, Cynthia, who is playful and only a year or two old. Mary's father is a potter who decides to go to Oregon because no one can afford to buy pottery. He is strong and able bodied, but has a soft spot for his children. Mary's mother is a fair skinned lady who is against the move to Oregon. When they set off, she still helps even though she didn't like the idea. She is always pushing Mary to be a lady, but Mary would rather run around than study about how to be lady like.

Main Story

The start of the story is set at the Todd's home in Arkansas, as they decide to go to Oregon. Then, after gathering supplies for they long journey, they set off. They travel the easier starch of trail from Arkansas to independence, Missouri. After a small rest at a large wagon camp, they set off on the real start of the trail in a wagon train of 100. At the Kaw river, many turn back. Now, can the wagon train of four remaining families make it to Oregon?