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Across The Fence; ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of the Oregon Trail
November 07, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Courtesy photo - Henderson Lewelling

Between the years when the first small wagon train of adventurers left Saply Grove, Missouri in 1841 until the last wagons followed the deep-cut ruts of the Oregon Trail in 1866, many thousands of pioneers risked all that they had to seek their fortunes in the far west.

The Bidwell-Bartleson group was not the best-equipped emigrant train to cross the Missouri River in 1841. Bidwell’s recommendation of a barrel of flour, some sugar...

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