Missouri to Oregon on the trail

We have not been around much the last month-and-a-half, as we have been following the Oregon Trail, literally! 

We started out, as most of the immigrant pioneers started, either by crossing the Mississippi River or traveling from different parts of Missouri. 

The biggest questions are why did so many people come across Missouri (the Gateway to the West) to go to Oregon? 

Another question is, why hadn’t I heard about the fascinating historical trip in detail enough in school to make it interesting in school? 

Why did the people sell their property, pull up stakes (all of them) and build or purchase a wooden wagon and pile their worldly possessions and provisions to go on this long trip to Oregon?

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