The Great Westward Migration

The Great Westward Migration (HM2KTS)

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N 42° 46.215', W 114° 57.586'

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Never in history had so many moved voluntarily over such a distance. Look at the wagon wheel ruts in front of you. During the Great Western Migration more than 400,000 people packed up their goods and dreams and headed out over wagon roads like this.
Timing was crucial. It the migrants did not start by May. they faced the perils of early winter snows in the Rocky and Sierra Mountains. Their seven-month, 1600 mile journey would today take just a few days to drive. In spite of the hardships, many pioneers would later reminisce upon what was, for most, the defining adventure of their lives.
Early in January of 1849 we first thought of emigrating to California. It was a period of national hard times and we... longed to go to the new El Dorado and "pick up" gold enough with which to return and pay-off our debts....
It was with considerable apprehension that we started to traverse the treeless, alkali region of the Great Basin... Our wagons are badly worn, the animals much the worse for wear, food and stock feed was getting low with no chance of replenishing the supply.... It was no unusual sight to see graves, carcasses of animals and abandoned wagons. In fact the latter furnished us with wood for the campfires as the sagebrush was scarce and unsatisfactory... every other pioneer (I) love to live over

again, in memory, those... months and revisit, in fancy, the scenes of the journey.
— Catherine Haun, A Woman's Trip Across the Plains in 1849
Series This marker is part of the Oregon Trail series
Placed ByHagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 15th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 666917 N 4737320
Decimal Degrees42.77025000, -114.95976667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 46.215', W 114° 57.586'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 46' 12.9" N, 114° 57' 35.16" W
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