“learn about one of the most fascinating epic in American History”
One of the most fascinating epics in American History is the story of the overland migrations across the western American wilderness during the mid-nineteenth century. Thousands of wagon trains slowly snaked their way along rugged trails, crossing wind-swept prairies, barren deserts, and formidable mountain ranges. The pioneer adventurers faced storms, mud, swollen rivers, accidents, deserts, choking dust, thirst, deadly plagues, and many other dangers to seek trade, new homes and opportunities in the West. Many did not survive the grueling journey, with tens of thousands of unmarked graves silently guarding the trails today. This extraordinary saga ranks today as the largest voluntary, overland mass migration in the history of the world. The three principle trails which crossed the West were the Santa Fe, Oregon, and California. The Santa Fe Trail, begun in 1821, was a 900-mile foreign trade route unique in American History due to its overland rather than seafaring commerce. The 2,000-mile Oregon Trail began to be heavily traveled in 1843 by settlers wanting to establish new homes in the northwest, while others forked off on the equally long and grueling California Trail to seek their fortunes in the gold fields. Together, these three rugged pathways and their pioneers changed the face and history of America.
This place has some interesting information and the way they present it through the stories of settlers (excerpts from interviews and diaries) makes it very entertaining. It has a plan for expanding the museum that looks brilliant and I hope they succeed. Worth the $6 entry and a hour to look around.
Really enjoyed our visit there. Started with a short movie about the westward trails to CA., SantaFe, and Oregon. Lots of information, Artifacts, and pictures. Even have a covered wagon used for transporting supplies. Took us 3 hrs to get through it but we just took our time and read everything there. Entrance fee is very reasonable. Highly recommend if you have an interest in that period of history. We also spent time looking and finding a few places from that time period. One was the site where the wagons crossed the Blue River. There was a ride in a covered wagon in the town 4th that was
really awesome. The driver was full of stories and facts about Independence. We only had time for his shortest ride but I hope to come back and take the full ride with him.
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National Frontier Trails Museum
- Mon - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Sun: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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