The Oregon Trail

Overview

The Oregon Trail was 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) long.

It reached from western Missouri to Oregon City.

Inside, You'll Find:

Why people took the often dangerous journey along the trail;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and what the "Brown Gold Rush" was;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Overview

The Oregon Trail was 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) long.

It reached from western Missouri to Oregon City.

Inside, You'll Find:

Why people took the often dangerous journey along the trail;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and what the "Brown Gold Rush" was;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather N. Kolich
Short bursts of large-type text inform the reader of the history of the trail from inception to preservation. The first two chapters of this "A True Book" title explain the political and cultural motivations to colonize Oregon, including the struggle between the United States and Great Britain to claim the territory. Chapter three describes the explorers who mapped out pieces of the route and helps readers understand that the wagon trail developed over time. In chapters four and five, Friedman provides a quick sense of the daily routine of pioneers traveling on the trail, and some of the challenges they faced, such as river crossings, deadly weather and disease. The final chapter covers statehood and the transcontinental railroad that drew many travelers away from the Oregon Trail. A special section called "The Big Truth" features pioneer, Ezra Meeker, who made the journey west in 1852, then in the early 1900s, worked to preserve the Oregon Trail in the nation's memory. Each colorful spread includes maps, paintings and/or photographs captioned by quick facts in a jaunty font. A page of "True Statistics" at the end of the book provides an eye-popping summary of travel on the Oregon Trail. A list of resources, a glossary, and an author's page complete the book. Reviewer: Heather N. Kolich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531212479
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 696,455
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Great Adventure

Why did people travel the Oregon Trail? 7

2 Claiming the Wes

Who was the first European to set foot in Oregon? 11

3 The Trail Open

What was known as the "brown gold" rush? 17

4 Hopes and Beams

Who got to ride in a covered wagon? 23

The Man who Saved the Trail

Who traveled east on the Oregon Trail in both a wagon and an airplane? 26

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What did pioneers worry about most? 33

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How did the first coast-to-coast railroad affect the trail? 39

True Statistics 43

Resources 44

Important Words 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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