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Saint Joseph in Buchanan County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The California - Oregon Trail

1840s & 1850s

 
 
The California - Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
1. The California - Oregon Trail Marker
Inscription.
Each spring thousands of emigrants camped in these hills and meadows waiting for new grass to support their teams along the trail. Wagons lined St. Joseph streets to the east waiting for two to three days to be ferried from this point. The settlers faced up to five months of hardships, sickness and danger in a trip beyond the protection of the U.S. Government. In the 1840s and 50s, hundreds of thousands of emigrants followed the St. Joe Road west seeking homesteads or gold on the California and Oregon trails.

As the Western expansion continued, St. Joseph became a major wholesale and business center.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Trail, and the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 45.978′ N, 94° 51.65′ W. Marker is in Saint Joseph, Missouri, in Buchanan County. Touch for map. Marker is in the Missouri riverfront park, accessed via Francis Street, and about 200 yards southwest of the I-229 Exit 6A ramps. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Joseph MO 64501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pony Express (here, next to this marker); Joseph Robidoux (here, next to this marker); St. Michael's Prairie / The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The California - Oregon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
2. The California - Oregon Trail Marker
Looking northwest, with the Missouri River in background.
(here, next to this marker); "Saddle and Mochila" (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Journey West (approx. mile away); Missouri Valley Trust Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Boder Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buchanan County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Joseph.
 
Also see . . .
1. California National Historic Trail. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Oregon-California Trails Association. (Submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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