Following the path of our ancestors: Following the Oregon Trail

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024


We love teaching our kids about history and one of the biggest pieces of history in Oregon is the Oregon Trail. Now, we are heading to Utah here in a few weeks and as part of that journey because we home school will be to follow the Oregon Trail. It should be interesting to see many of the stops along the trail and learn the history of our early settlers and why they stopped in some places while others continued on.

The Oregon Trail Pioneers

Todd Clark and the Friendly Home Team
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Rainmaker
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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What a great way to teach your beautful children! They are very lucky to have you and your wife as parents. I'm finding more and more families are home schooling and I do believe it's paying off! What a wonderful opportunity you are providing for your children. Knowlege and first hand experience can and will make a difference!

Nov 07, 2010 12:22 AM #1
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Barbara Todaro
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Todd.....your children are very fortunate to have parents who home school and teach them in a method they'll remember forever......what a wonderul experience for all of you.

Nov 07, 2010 12:27 AM #2
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Thank you Patricia and Barbara, it is an opportunity most never get to experience because schools would rather use books that just don't show the real experience you can get by being there.

Nov 07, 2010 01:01 AM #3
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Ginny Gorman
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Again I'm amazed as how you as parents create such a wonderful aura of learning for your kids...they are blessed & so are you for this journey...enjoy

Nov 07, 2010 01:47 AM #4
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Glenn Roberts
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Teaching by traveling a historic route can really put things in perspective for the children. We've made many stops along the Oregon Trail over the years and I'm always impressed by what the settlers endured with so little. Great way to teach, Todd.

Nov 07, 2010 02:04 AM #5
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Love this, not only because my hubby is a history teacher and could appreciate this too, but look at those faces...making learning fun is something they will remember and cherish always...

Nov 07, 2010 02:19 AM #6
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I know you will have a great Time doing this.  Have fun and be safe in a few weeks. 

Nov 07, 2010 03:02 AM #7
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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Todd,

We've all got to love those Westerners Pioneers!

Looks like your GREAT. Great, greats had a camper too.

Bill

Nov 07, 2010 03:29 AM #8
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On May 22, 1843 over one thousand hardy pioneers set out from Elm Grove, MO.  They traveled over 2,000 miles along what would become the Oregon Trail to reach Oregon Territory.  The trail was traveled heavily until 1884 when the railroad made the trip much easier.  You can read more about that day in history at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-thousand-pioneers-head-west-on-the-oregon-trail.  Enjoy your trek back in time.  I'm looking forward to reading your future blogs about what you discovered.

Nov 07, 2010 04:12 AM #9
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Christine Pappas - REALTOR®
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What a blessing Todd you are receiving and what a wonderful gift you are giving your kids!  If they don't already, one day they will really thank you.  Have fun and safe travels!

Nov 07, 2010 06:22 AM #10
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Todd, your kids are definitely blessed to be able to learn from their parents. Blessings.

Cal

Nov 07, 2010 01:07 PM #11
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Jim Hale
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Todd -

That will be a fun lesson.  It's been years since we took our two sons on a trip to the Mid-West returning from Missouri on the Oregon Trail....with many stops.

 

Since your kids know me, please tell them that my great-grandparents came to Oregon from Illinois, over that dusty trail, in 1852.  My great-grandfather, Calvin T. Hale, was captain of their train.  He first came here by wagon train in 1848 and had gone to the California gold fields early in 1849.  Then he returned to Illinois by ship via the isthmus of Panama - so he could marry his sweetheart.

Milla Mays Hale was pregnant when the party left Blandinsville, IL on April 1 (April Fools Day - those staying behind pointed out).  She had a son somewhere on the Platte River in western Nebraska that June.  The wagon train, stopped for just one-half day to accommodate the delivery.  Then she climbed back into their jolting, oxen-powered wagon and continued on.  They named the baby Nebraska Hale.

The trip was grueling...so many came to Oregon that year (the migration's biggest)...that grass for oxen was hard to find.  Each night when they camped, men had to drive the animals 3-5 miles away from the trail to find grass to graze....and to find fuel for fires.  The Cholera killed many members of their train.

When they finally arrived in (Eugene) Skinner's Mudhole (now the City of Eugene) that October, the Hale's own wagon was being pulled by only one horse and one cow.

 

Hope you have great fun on your trip.

Nov 07, 2010 09:14 PM #12
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Sandra Pearce
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What an awesome way to learn!  Here in Tenino Washington we have Oregon trail days festival every summer.  Maybe you'll be visiting us at some point :)

Nov 08, 2010 04:49 AM #13
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So when you are near the Oregon/Idaho border, it'w worth the side trip to the town of Vale, OR west of Ontario.  Southeast of town are some bona fide Oregon trail ruts.

Nov 08, 2010 06:26 AM #14
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Jim Hale
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And when you are near Boise:

Stop at the most easterly Boise exit....the one marked for going to Idaho City.

There is an Albertson's chopping center there....east of the freeway.  Take a left out of the shopping center into a recent subdivsion and follow the main street of the development to a small park on the edge of the cliff...where you can see how my ancestors got down the cliff into the Boise River valley on their way to Oregon.

Nov 08, 2010 06:30 AM #15
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