A Missionary Saga - Season 1
These articles were produced for a history column in a local weekly paper. Season one is about the trip out. Season two focuses on the early years. Season three covers the years 1843 through 1847. In season four we meet some of the people in their lives.
Part 1: Beginnings and Farewells
Part 2: Packing for an "Unheard of Journey for Females"
Part 3: Unexpected Complications
Part 4: A Final Dash
Part 5: Life on the "Road"
Part 6: An Unexpected Encounter
Part 7: A Brief Respite
Part 8: Setting Up House - A Time Apart
Part 9: Rain, Foam, and Fury - Ten Days on the Columbia River
Part 10: The Spaldings' Mission at the "Place of Butterflies"
Part 11: The Whitmans' Mission at the "Place of the People of the Rye Grass"
Part 12: Beginnings and Endings
Did You Know?
Wagons used on the Oregon Trail had to carry nearly 2000 pounds of supplies. They traveled 2000 miles or more to the Oregon Country. Most wagons were pulled by oxen as they could eat the prairie grass and survive without lots of food for lengthy periods.