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Today the 2,170 mile OregonTrail still evokes an instant image, a ready recollection of the settlement of this continent, of the differences between American Indians and white settlers, and of new horizons.
The Oregon National Historic Trail, designated by Congress in 1978, is administrated by the National Park Service in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, state and local governmental units, citizen organizations, and numerous private individuals whose property the trail crosses.
OregonTrail Prepared by students in Clackamas County.
The trail continued along the North Platte and Sweetwater rivers to South Pass in the Wind River Range of the Rocky Mountains.
As early as 1742, part of the trail in Wyoming had been blazed by the French Canadian explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, Sieur de La Vérendrye; the Lewis and Clark Expedition, between 1804 and 1806, made more of it known.
At first, the termination point of the OregonTrail was Oregon City, Oregon; later, settlers continued south to the fertile and valuable land in the Willamette Valley.
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