Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What Would You Take?



The success or failure of a party depended most heavily on their choice of equipment and supplies for the journey. Every emigrant insisted on taking along some luxuries and items of sentimental value. Chamber pots, lanterns, mirrors, Bibles, school books, clocks, and furniture were crammed into odd spaces in almost every wagon. Emigrants were advised not to overload their wagons, but many underestimated the magnitude of the trek they were setting out on and were later forced to discard nonessential cargo. Hard stretches of the Trail became littered with such castoffs as emigrants lightened the load for their weary animals.

Certain accessories and tools for making emergency repairs to a wagon were necessary to bring along. These included rope, brake chains, a wagon jack, extra axles and tongues, wheel parts, axes, saws, hammers, knives, and a sturdy shovel. Cooking utensils were also required -- few overlanders were without a Dutch oven and a good iron skillet -- and the trip was simply not possible without a water barrel to get the party and their animals through dry stretches of the Trail. Weapons and kits for casting bullets were essential, as well, though they were far more commonly used for hunting than for fighting Indians.

However, most of the space in the emigrants' wagons was reserved for food.

Excerpt from the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center


After reading the selection, what three things would you take as a 11-12 year old boy or girl in the 1850's? Make sure they are appropriate for the time period, no video games, tv's, cell phones, etc.

49 comments:

Tegan said...

I would take knives,food and a bible with me.

eduardo said...

I would take food,emergency kit, and water.

Jake said...

I would take a blanket for when we would have to sleep on the ground. I would also take a gun nso we can kill our food. I would also take extra bullets and powder.

Natosha said...

If I would have lived in the 1850's I would have brought food, blanket, and my best dress for when we get to Oregon.

Mikayla said...

I would take my great grandmother's self portrait,my diary and a pencil.

cindy said...

I would problably take a long book so I wouldn't get bored.I would also take a couple of clothes.The last thing I would take is a diary to record what I saw.

david said...

I would take water, flour, and cloths

Katy said...

I would take I would take a blanket, cooking supplies, china.

Brooke. said...

I would take food.I would also take cooking utensils. I would also take toilet paper and stuff like that.

Cristela said...

Three things I could take for the Oregon Trail is some lanters,shoes and all of my clothes.

sai said...

I would like to have a weapon to kill animal,foods,and clothes.

julio said...

Yo me llevaria un libro para no aburrirme y lleria una libreta y una foto de mis padres.

Oscar said...

Three things I will take is a book watch and a map.

Dillon said...

If I had three things to take on the trip this is what I would take.
First,I would take gun.Next,I would take a hamer and some nails.
Last,Iwould take some closes.

kris said...

I would bring a girl, food, and water.

Shelby said...

If I had to leave my home I would take cooking untinsuls,rope,and a shovel.

Yeccenia said...

If i was going west I will take a blanket, food, and water.

Brandy said...

I would take food, clothes for my family, and some water.

Mark said...

If I was getting ready for the journey west I would take my pocket knife , my bible and my fishing pole.

Ashley said...

Three thing I would take is food, water and chap stick.

Amoz said...

three things i would take would take are a DOG, food,and a compass.

Karla said...

I would take a hair brush,pillow, and a chapstick.

Miguel said...

If I went on a trail to the west I would take these things, water, my gold, food.

Jose said...

I would take water food and a best friend.

Jessica said...

I would take a tooth brush,blanket,pillow.

omar said...

I'll take food and cloth i aslo take a shockgun.

jerissa said...

If I went on a journey I would bring food,drink and clothes.

Crystal said...

I would take a blanket and a book and also some paper and pencil with me.

dale said...

I would tack my cloths,food,rag,a toy,and a book of animals.

Colton said...

I would take my grandpas ring.I would take my pocketwatch tat my dad gave me.Last I would take my other grandpas ring.

ana said...

The three things I would take on the trip is one pair of clothes, journal, and ink pens.

Nathaniel said...

I would take a light blanket, a lantern, and clothes.

Justin said...

I would tack a light cover, some of my close, a lamp, my family air looms that’s about all.

Jose 1 said...

I would take my cloth and my mom told me I have to get one toy only and I got amy best car.

graciela said...

If i got to take some things i
would take some blankets, dishes,
clothes, anad other things that i might need.

Norberto said...

I would take three important things in the 1850's.The three important things I would take would be clothes, food,and tools.

evelyn said...

I would take clothes,food, and a pocket knife.

felly said...

I will take my pictures, guns, rope, cloths water and food, that is all.

Jose2 said...

I would take my shirt,pants,and socks.

Jorge said...

Three thing I would take as a 11 or 12 year boy is one pair of clothes,my journal,one pair of shoes that what I would take as a 11 or 12 year boy.

sandra said...

I would take my diary,gun and a food.

Daniel said...

Three things I could take with me is pots, food,and my dog.

Daniel said...

Three things I could take with me is pots, food,and my dog.

Kendra said...

if I were in the 1850's as an 11-12 year old girl I would take a bible, some books,and clothes.

Dylan said...

I would take a gun with powder and bullets, a blanket so if we sleep on the ground, and some clothes.

Sarah said...

I would take a blanket,pillow,brush,LOTS OF FOOD,and a good dress for when I got to Oregon.

Colby said...

i would take food, water, and a rifle.maybe a knife too,also a journal just in case i saw something important.

Colton H. said...

I would take a girl...and a map

Ben said...

This song reminds of "Free Bird" or "Sweet Home Alabama". The picture makes me think of one of those songs :) i like to look at it L.O.L.