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Lafayette SPENCER Journal The 1852 overland diary of Lafayette SPENCER. The group with which he traveled left Van Buren County, Iowa on May 11th and reached Portland, Ore. on Oct. 26th.
Applegate Trail First laid out alternative trail into southern Oregon created 1846
Luper Pioneer Cemetery - List of persons who came on the Lost Meek Train and are buried in this cemetery in Eugene, Linn Co.
This link came from 2 girls in the Social Studies class at Green Mountain Central School District. US Outdoor's The Tragic Westward Hike of the Donner Camp
but its also a nice place to read some history. Thank you girls from Audrey Plasse Class for this great contribution.
History of the California Gold Rush 
This link is from Connor and his tutor Fay, Student Teacher Social Studies Dept. Seattle Public Schools.
Thank you Connor for your insite as to what this web site is about.
Isaac Hill led a wagon train across the plains in 1852 and came into the Rogue River Valley in 1853 and brought with him 3 teenage daughters who were married in very early days in and near what became Ashland. They married men named Gillette, Dunn and Russell; the 3 families formed the core of early Jackson County and also the core of the web site at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hill2oregon/. Thanks, Bill Russell William P. (Bill) Russell P.O. Box 2029 Bandon OR 97411 541-290-8595
Mike Ransom's 1843 Wagon List
Oregon Territory
Stephanie Flora's wonderful sites
“The Switzler Family”
Enter the pass word "two brothers". This is a work still in progress by 14 Switzler families.  We have documentation, Photo’s, Maps, and ect. Some of the Switzler’s that were on the Wagon Train in 1845 to OR are among the names listed in these pages. Still looking for more OR Switzler’s to help fill in the blanks.
I am working on the history of my ancestors and the Seaside Museum & Historical Society has placed my information on their
Website: www.seasidemuseum.org/ and the link to my information is on the main page with a link named "Oregon Trail to Clatsop Plains by Roy Kirkham". 
The Museum Website updates my Web story as I locate more information.

Roy Stilson Kirkham
1841 Sinclair Emigration from Red River, Canada
Covered Wagon Women - Index - Vols. I & II
Covered Wagon Women - Index - Vol. VI
Covered Wagon Women - Index - Vol. VII
Nineveh Ford's Narrative
Frazier Farmstead Museum, Milton-Freewater Area Historical Society
Oregon-California Trails Association
All About the Oregon Trail
Sons and Daughters of Oregon Pioneers
Historical Facts of the Oregon Trail and America's Western Expansion
Oregon Native American Links
Oregon and the Fur Trade
Document for the Reconstruction of the 1862 wagon train Roster

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