On The Trail

Sure, you played Oregon Trail on a computer when you were younger. If you were lucky, you made it to Fort Laramie where you flipped the disk to continue playing. 

How much history do you remember from the game and how close was it to the real thing? What was it truly like to trek across the wilderness of the Oregon Trail with your relatives and all your worldly possessions? Find out in these books:

Overland in 1846: Diaries and Letters of the California-Oregon Trail edited by Dale Morgan

The Perilous West: Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail by Larry E. Morris

Wagon Wheel Kitchens: Food on the Oregon Trail by Jacqueline Williams

Women's Voices from the Oregon Trail: The Times that Tried Women's Souls, and a Guide to Women's History Along the Oregon Trail by Susan G. Butruille

Once you're wise to the true history of the trail, you might want to read The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck. The book chronicles the journey of two men who decide to recreate the trip by making their own wagon and hitching up a mule. They travel across the places that now occupy the trail, including both the original stretches of wilderness and busy highways.