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Season 2 Episode 17 Life on the Trail Part 2


River crossings, food shortage, Indians, wolves, and snakes were some of the hazardous realities for emigrants on the Trail through what their journals describe as the “majestic” and “breathtaking” landscape of the Plains.


River crossings were one of the most hazardous adventures of life on the Trail. Food was always an issue as the emigrants could not carry enough to sustain them the entire way. They had to hunt and gather along the Trail to survive. The Indians of the Plains both frightened and fascinated the pioneers. Wolves were another source of trepidation for the emigrants. They would stalk the camps and dig up the graves along the road. Snakes were a constant worry. Many pioneer journals describe the scenery of the Plains with words such as “majestic” and “breathtaking.”


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