Pioneers and the Oregon Trail

Building a Pioneer Cabin – Discusses the difficulties faced by the pioneers when constructing their homes.

California Gold Rush Treasure Hunt – An online treasure hunt sharing information about California’s Gold Rush.

Fur Trade Role in Western Expansion (Oregon – California Trail) – The Oregon Trail article is not a day by day account of travel, but a series of factual historical trivia related to the Oregon Country, Western Expansion, and the Oregon Trail.

Job Carr Cabin museum – Information about the Oregon Trail and the site of the home of Tacoma, Washington’s founder (Job Carr). There are also activities related to the pioneer experience.

Metis Culture and History – A collection of indexed links about the Metis people and various aspects of their society. The emphasis of these pages is on American Indians as a living people with a present and future as well as a past. Metis history is interesting and important, but the Metis are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary artwork as well as archaeology exhibits, and the issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. 

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center – The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails. Using life-size displays, films and live theater presentations, this Center tells the story  of Oregon Trail pioneers, explorers, miners and settlers of the frontier west. The 500 acre site includes remnants of the historic Flagstaff Gold Mine, actual ruts carved by pioneer wagons, and magnificent vistas of the historic trail route. For a wealth of resources on the Oregon Trail, including maps, FAQs, basic facts, teacher guides, and more, please see the History and Educational Resources page. The Events and Programs page provides additional information on current and upcoming activities at the Center, calendars, and programming.