For January 1, 2011: The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, from the Clackamas County (Oregon) Heritage Partners, brings history alive through reenactments, videos, and print material. Historical information about the role of black pioneers in the settlement of Oregon is very informative. Included are a timeline of events, political reactions, exclusion laws, and biographies. Another outstanding feature of this website is the series of articles written by Jim Thompson about the massive migration of settlers. Samples include "Outfitting for the Trail," "Life on the Trail," and "Hardships on the Oregon Trail." Here you'll find as well a diagram of a loaded wagon from the 1843-1860 era, the primary mode of transportation, often filled with over a ton of supplies, furniture, and other possessions. A complete diagram of a loaded wagon is provided along with a list of supplies and their cost.
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