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Oregon Trail

noun
1.
a route used during the U.S. westward migrations, especially in the period from 1840 to 1860, starting in Missouri and ending in Oregon. About 2000 miles (3200 km) long.
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  • The story of the Oregon Trail, he rightly felt, is an American epic which must be preserved.

  • Take the persons whom Parkman describes in his Oregon Trail.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • Far to the north, the Oregon Trail led to California and the Orient.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • The journey was resumed at noon on June 4, along the Oregon Trail.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • For forty-four years after the completion of The Oregon Trail he labored on, preparing history after history.

    The Book of Courage John Thomson Faris
  • He told of the Oregon Trail, which they would reach at Independence.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The Mormon trail entered the Oregon Trail at the point where our boys were camped.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • There'd be few leather shops on the Oregon Trail and they'd be far apart.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It was with these thoughts in mind that the expedition to mark the old Oregon Trail was undertaken.

  • Mike had never been an asset on the farm, but he might be one on the Oregon Trail.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for Oregon Trail

Oregon trail

noun
1.
an early pioneering route across the central US, from Independence, W Missouri, to the Columbia River country of N Oregon: used chiefly between 1804 and 1860. Length: about 3220 km (2000 miles)
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Oregon Trail in Culture

Oregon Trail definition


The route over which settlers traveled to Oregon in the 1840s and 1850s; trails branched off from it toward Utah and California. The Oregon Trail passed through what is now Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Idaho.

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