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

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The Oregon Trail, it must be remembered, is essentially an ox-team trail.

  • The journey was resumed at noon on June 4, along the Oregon Trail.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Far to the north, the Oregon Trail led to California and the Orient.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • The Oregon Trail did go to Oregon, and over a plain and easy route.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • The passage quoted may yet be found in the first chapter of “The Oregon Trail.”

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • The Oregon Trail had been laid out by the explorers of the fur trade.

  • He told of the Oregon Trail, which they would reach at Independence.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • There'd be few leather shops on the Oregon Trail and they'd be far apart.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • 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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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