Historic Sites on the Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail
The long journey of pioneers who crossed over half the continent most often was on the Oregon Trail, a key migration route over plains, rolling hills, rivers, and mountain passes.
Beginning in Independence, Missouri, the 2,170 mile-long Oregon Trail ended at Oregon City, Oregon, taking the adventurous pioneers through territories that would later become Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon.
As early as 1823 fur traders and explorers scouted the route that became the Oregon Trail. Within a few years it was regularly by traders, mountain men, military expeditions, and missionaries.