The Oregon-California Trail

The Oregon-California Trail (HMWAG)

Location: Highland, KS 66035 Doniphan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 51.829', W 95° 13.761'

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From the early 1840s to 1865 the Oregon-California Trail was the most important route for settlers traveling west. Wagon trains camped at the Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission to take advantage of the spring and the blacksmith. They were followed in the late 1840s by thousands of fortune seekers bound for the California goldfields.

Here we find a Smith to mend our broken waggon (sic), also we see here a large farm under excellent cultivation with store & schoolhouse where they teach the young indians & learn the old ones how to raise corn. This is a beautiful spot indeed; land rich & rolling, scattered trees, & small groves in the distance. Many fine looking indians here.
John Clark, 1854

The Iowa Point-Fort Leavenworth Trail can be seen on the mission grounds before it joins the St. Joseph Road, a spur of the Oregon-California Trail. The trails merge a quarter mile to the south.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 309317 N 4415020
Decimal Degrees39.86381667, -95.22935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 51.829', W 95° 13.761'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 51' 49.74" N, 95° 13' 45.66" W
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Area Code(s)785
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 72 Elgin Rd, Highland KS 66035, US
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