In the early 1800’s, people only dreamed of living in the west. In 1836 a missionary couple who had traveled and settled in Oregon, sent letters back east about the wonderful prospects found in the Oregon Territory. By 1841, after major economic collapse in the east, the first group of settlers serious about permanently moving to Oregon headed west. By the end of the westward movement, more than 300,000 people will have used the Oregon Trail which began in Independence, Missouri and ended in Oregon City, Oregon. The Oregon Trail, covering more than 2000 miles, was the longest overland route used in westward expansion. Traveling in covered wagons, their journey was tough, including hardships such as hot deserts, cold winters, and Indian attacks. Would they be tough enough to survive the trip alive? Come with me on the Oregon Trail to experience this difficult journey.