The journey from Independence, Missouri to Oregon City, Oregon was over 2,000 miles. It took an average of 6 months to complete, typically travelling 15 miles per day. Families took the long arduous journey in hopes of a better life in the West.
Families needed to pack all of their supplies in a wagon before they journeyed out. A typical wagon held over 2,000 pounds and measured 10’ long by 4’ wide and 2’ deep. They were made of wood and iron. Oxen or mules were used to pull the wagons because horses ate too much and were very expensive to maintain on the long journey.