Between 1840 and 1869, visions of wealth and opportunity lured over 500,000 pioneers west to fulfill their dreams and a nation’s destiny. These emigrants started their journeys in Kansas and Missouri, walking more than 2,200 miles for months in pursuit of a better life. Since there were no road signs back then, they used natural landmarks to point the way. Along the Oregon Trail, they named a few of those Chimney Rock, Courthouse and Jail Rocks. Today, you can visit Chimney Rock National Historic Site to learn about them.
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The battlefields are now littered with stone reminders of such great losses, defeat and victory. One can only try to imagine what those three days in hot July of 1863 were like. Small acres of farmland and fields turned into graves and bloodshed of tens of thousands…
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