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A man and woman with a covered wagon, Prospect, Oregon.
Traveling by covered wagon was the way to go in Oregon

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Congress Created the Oregon Territory
August 14, 1848

Starting in the 1830s, thousands of people from the Midwest traveled to the Pacific Northwest in covered wagons like the one you see in this picture. The first permanent settlement was established in the Willamette valley by a group of Methodists, led by Jason Lee. Covered wagons and wagon trains were regularly making their way along the Oregon Trail by the early 1840s. What do you think the early settlers found when they arrived at their destination?
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