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I remember just a few short years ago how much in love I was with the Oregon Trail. I would spend hours a week reading and researching all I could about the Oregon Trail. If I found out something interesting, I would write it down in my 2 inch binder, full of maps of the trail, pictures I drew, prices of items from way back in 1852, and other facts. I dreamed that I was born in the mid-1800’s and that I traveled through Missouri to Oregon territory, where I’d run into Native American tribes, wild buffalo, and a vast change in scenery. I memorized the time it would take to travel to Oregon from Missouri. I learned how quickly cholera would take a life on the trail. I studied the way a wagon could be laid out. I’m sure if you asked me a question about the Oregon Trail, I would give you the answer in no time flat, because I researched it so much for about two years straight.
And then I learned about the Oregon Trail game.
Not only did I learn all about the ins-and-outs about the trail, but I studied the pioneer life. What they did, what they ate, how they made things, what chores children did, and more. I loved it. Just writing this makes me want to dig right back into all of it…
books all about the Oregon Trail and pioneers
- Roughing It on the Oregon Trail
- Papa and the Pioneer Quilt
- Wagons, Ho!
- Pioneer Cat
- Life on the Oregon trail
- Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
- Minnow and Rose
- A Fourth of July on the Plains
- Daily Life in a Covered Wagon
- Bound for Oregon
- Our Journey West
- Westward to Home
- The Mystery on the Oregon Trail
- Westward Expansion
- Wagon Trains and Settlers
- Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie
- The Journal of Jedediah Barstow
- Narcissa Whitman
- Oregon Trail Cooking
- The Oregon Trail (cornerstones of freedom)
- The Oregon Trail Yesterday and Today
- The Oregon Trail: a Photographic Journey
- Westward on the Oregon Trail
When I wasn’t reading a book about the Oregon Trail, I was studying a map of the locations or researching facts online. There is quite a large amount of websites full of information! Here are just a few that I really loved:
This has been my favorite historic time to study and I hope these books and resources will get your kids just as excited! If you are in the middle of studying the Oregon Trail, I HIGHLY recommend getting the Oregon Trail game, because it holds so much history and facts that your kids will learn and retain.I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.