How people were traveled in west during 1860?

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Hi, I am a student at junior level, I want to know about travelling of west during 1860, please help me, thanks.

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  1. kate

    In the west, The Oregon Trail is a 2,000-mile historic east-west wagon route that attached different towns on the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon and locations in between. . It was one of the primitive of the northern commercial and emigrant trails and was initially discovered and used by fur trappers and traders for the fur trade from about 1811 to 1840. During its start much of the future Oregon Trail was not passable to wagons but was passable everywhere only to men walking or riding horses and leading mule trains. In1836, at the time when the first Oregon wagon trains were developed at Independence, Missouri, the trail had been developed so much that it was easy to take wagons to Fort Hall, Idaho. After the US war several trails were made and used to connect the states of the east via the passes across the hills into the sparsely settled Northwest Territories, and as time went on, further west into the territories of Iowa and Missouri. The recently developed riverboats and steamboats traversing up and down the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers helped fast settlement and enhancement in the American mid-west--Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa et al. . These riverboats permitted travelers and supplies to be delivered to "jumping off points" for the Oregon Trail on the Missouri River inexpensively, quickly and easily.

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