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This gallery samples the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails east to west.

The OR-CA Trails began in or near Independence MO, but there were other departure points. The Santa Fe Trail overlapped for a short distance into eastern KS.

The Pony Express used part of the trails in 1860-61 and landscape shots of contemporary Re-Rides are included. The Lincoln Highway later incorporated trail segments.

The Mormon Trail and Hastings Cutoff are combined at the end. Mormon-specific photos include Nauvoo and Carthage IL, Martin's Cove WY and UT.

Most emigrants experienced the trails in bright mid-day sun and heat. So this gallery shows daytime scenes, and only a few in attractive light near sunrise or sunset.

Related images are in the Vanishing America, Pony Express, Santa Fe Trail, Twin Streaks of Rust, Donner Pass, St. Joseph MO and Lincoln Highway galleries. Mormon images from UT are in the Lincoln Highway UTAH and Salt Lake City galleries.

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Keywords:American West, California Trail, Manifest Destiny, Oregon Trail, Pioneer Days, Pioneer Trail, Wagon Trail, Western Migration

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