Friday, January 11, 2008

The Oregon Trail

This is a picture of the Oregon Trail taken near Farewell Bend on the Snake River near the Oregon - Idaho border. What you see in the picture is a swale in the ground which is the path that most of the wagons followed as they moved from Vale, Oregon to their last look at the Snake River before going overland to the Columbia River. This site is about 35 miles from Vale and the Malheur River and crossed the high desert country between the Malheur and the Snake. The water between these two rivers is scarce and alkaline, which made the two to three day trek hard on both the animals and the pioneers. There are a number of known graves in this part of the trail, people who just couldn't make it.

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