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Near Westmoreland in Pottawatomie County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

One Step at a Time

 
 
One Step at a Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 18, 2012
1. One Step at a Time Marker
Inscription.

The Oregon Trail was the main street of the west from the 1830's to the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Farmers, townsmen and restless Americans from all walks of life moved along this route seeking a better life in a new land.

Fur trappers and traders, following Indian trails, opened the way. The Stuart party of John Jacob Astor's fur company pioneered the route in 1812 from Astoria, Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri. These "mountain men" guided explorers, missionaries and the first emigrants.

By 1848, thousands of men, women and children had followed this trail to the lush, fertile Willamette River Valley. The journey was 2,000 miles of plains, mountains and deserts - ONE STEP AT A TIME. Their visions of personal freedom and opportunity were vital to national expansion.
 
Erected by Sylvia Galloway.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 22.993′ N, 96° 24.351′ W. Marker is near Westmoreland, Kansas, in Pottawatomie County. Marker is on The Road to Oz Highway (State Highway 99), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is next to the covered wagon in Oregon Trail Park. Marker is in this post office area: Westmoreland KS 66549, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

Oregon Trail Park Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Oregon Trail Park Markers
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Long Journey (here, next to this marker); The Wagon & Team Supplies Needed (here, next to this marker); Route of the Oregon Trail (here, next to this marker); Archeological Site 14-PO1311 (within shouting distance of this marker); Tallgrass Prairie (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott Spring (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wagons Fording Rock Creek (about 300 feet away); Burial Site of Oregon Trail Traveler (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westmoreland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oregon National Historic Trail. (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. People & Stories of the Oregon Trail. (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Pioneer Narratives. (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Oregon-California Trail at Kansapedia. (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The Fur Trade: "Beaver Powered Mountaineering". (Submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EnvironmentExplorationRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Oregon Trail Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Oregon Trail Park Sign
Covered Wagon in Oregon Trail Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Covered Wagon in Oregon Trail Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on February 19, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on February 20, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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