Advantages A great little museum where you share the experience of the pioneers moving wetwards
Disadvantages Probably better for children rather than just adults
The National Oregon/California Trail Centre
320 North 4th Street
WE MEET OUR WAGON MASTER
After we had paid our fee we were greeted by a small rather jolly man dressed in costume who introduced himself as our wagon master for the journey. We were asked to take ourselves back to the 1850s and we would begin our journey.
Anyway we were told that everyone had to carry a firearm on the journey. Why? We had to suggest reasons. Protection against the Indians was suggested and hunting for food. The hunting for food was the main reason as we were not able to carry enough food for the journey in the wagons so we had to get it on the way, rabbits, deer and other animals would provide the meat.We had to buy a rifle and so here we saw how the rifles were made and they were pretty basic, a really heavy cast barrel fitted on to a wooden stock. Bear in mind everyone even children of about 12 had to carry a gun we were handed ours. Boy was it heavy, I would have struggled to hold it still at my shoulder and when it went off then I think I would have damaged my shoulder with the recoil.
BUYING THE CAR – I MEANT WAGON:
This was the biggest investment and the most crucial.
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