We went to Montpelier, Idaho yesterday and visited The National Oregon/California Trail Center there. It has so much to offer! You can step back in time and visit a gun shop and mercantile, or ride in a covered wagon simulating the rock-n-roll of an actual journey, except it’s done inside in comfort.
It’s hard to imagine the “luxury” of riding in a wagon across this wonderful chunk of real estate, changing off to walking because it was hard to determine which was the least miserable, stopping at night in the middle of somewhere, taking care of the animals, laundry, fixing meals, tending children, maybe being pregnant, ill, or any number of difficulties that had to be dealt with on the journey.
I applaud our ancestors who braved those trips, giving up all they had, not knowing what lay ahead. It was a daunting endeavor and many lost their lives doing it, but it was part of settling this country. We owe them so much!
There is a gift shop, rail exhibit, art gallery, and murals to enjoy. Restaurants and motels are nearby. It’s time well spent. www.oregontrailcenter.org
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