Missouri & Kansas

 
 

Oregon Trail Pioneers had fun too!

Moments on the trail when I may have lost my sanity…… 

Sometimes you have to laugh at the Elephant!

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Death and Danger on the Oregon Trail!

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The Platte River!

The Platte River Basin was the “road” for 250,000+ emmigrants to settle the Western United States. Even today, highways and trains follow the same route up the Platte that the pioneers took in the 1840’s and 50’s.

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Huge Tumbleweeds!

Why do they call these things “TUMBLE Weeds”?

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Pony Express stations, equipment, and a word from our sponsor!

Lasting only 18 months, the Pony Express has left us with a memory of the Wild West……

An “old timer” just told me that the horses for the Pony Express were so wild that the Pony Express Station fences were shaped like a triangle instead of a square, so that they could catch the ponies in the corners more easily!

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Sod house inside and out!

Taylor at the Kearney Sod House display walks us through the “ins” and “outs” of the Sod House.

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Sod Houses are COOL….. Really, they are Cool!

This is video shot over the course of my travels through Kansas and Nebraska. This is an example of how people adapt to their environments…… no wood, no problem!

A link to information and pictures on how a sod house was built, decorated, and heated. Lots of other info, documents, pictures, and even lessons from the “Women of the West Museum” / Autry (Gene Autry) National Center of the American West: Click Here

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Pony Express Home Station and wildlife on the Oregon Trail.

Learn about the Pony Express from “This day in History” from the History Channel.  On the 3rd of April 1860, the first Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams, simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pony-express-debuts

Check out the Pony Express National Museum in St. Joseph, MO.  Be sure to check out the info under the “About” tab: http://ponyexpress.org/?page_id=8

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Hollenberg Pony Express Station

Learn more about the Station: http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=237&ResourceType=Building

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Rope Ferry

I demonstrate how a human powered rope ferry would transport pioneers across rivers.  Currenlty many of these rivers are in full flood, quiet a sight to see!

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