Across the Wide Lonesome Prairie

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Across the Wide Lonesome Prairie:

Across the Wide Lonesome Prairie The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell ~1847~ By, Edyn G.

What is The Oregon Trail?:

What is The Oregon Trail? The Oregon Trail was a path to the West. It began to be used in 1843. In a 25 year span, 50,000 people traveled by the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail was the longest overland trail in North America. In a normal day a wagon would travel 1.5 to 6 miles. On good days they would travel 15 to 16 miles. When they had to cross a river it took up to 5 days. People would travel 2,000 miles on foot, on their adventure on the Oregon Trail. The Oregon Trail was a happy and sad place. Many people had happy memories, while others lost their loved ones because of the Trail’s harsh conditions. This documentary is a diary of a very brave girl who survived the Oregon Trail.

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The Oregon Trail was a happy and a sad place. Many people had happy memories, while others lost their loved ones because of the Trail’s harsh conditions. This documentary is a diary of a very brave girl who survived the Oregon Trail.

January 15, 1847, Friday:

January 15, 1847, Friday “Ma said that because today is my birthday I may have two slices of cake. So I did! After supper she gave me a blue satin hair ribbon for my braid, then when Pa went to bed she let me unwrap another gift. It was a camisole with a matching lace peticoat . Since I am now 13 years of age, Ma said it’s proper for me to have underthings. Aunt June agreed, then she gave me this diary. She said every young lady must have a place to record her private thoughts. I will do this.

February 2, 1847, Tuesday:

February 2, 1847, Tuesday “This very evening Pa made a shocking announcement, because of a very kind captain is letting us have a free ride anywhere we can finally be able to got to Independence, which is where the Oregon Trail starts. Ma was so mad that I think the next funeral will be Pa’s.”

February 9, 1847, Tuesday:

February 9, 1847, Tuesday “Word spreads fast in a small town. Everyone is talking about Oregon and California. My best friend Becky, said she would positively perish from loneliness. I never realized until then h ow much I was going to miss Becky.”

March 4, 1847, Thursday:

March 4, 1847, Thursday After two weeks of packing, we are going to be boarding the river boat in 10 days. 10 DAYS!!! Pay sold our house and our chickens, our three horses and our cow to a neighbor for $65 – this plus $800 is what we’ll take to Oregon. Every evening we visit with friends or relations for suppers and tearful goodbyes. I am going to miss Becky sooo much!!!

March 15, 1847, Monday:

March 15, 1847, Monday Sorry can’t write much today. We are 15 miles west and I am already missing Becky. Sorry got to go.

April 14, Wednesday:

April 14, Wednesday “ We are off the boat and I have made a friend! She is 14, one year older then I am, with freckles over her noise and cheeks, beautiful green eyes. She is not as bossy as Becky, matter-of-fact she’s really shy , I think I will like her very much”

April 22, Thursday Alcove Spring:

April 22, Thursday Alcove Spring I ran between the wagons until I saw Pepper sitting up with her Pa. I hollered to her. When she leapt down her skirts flew up showing off her leggings, doe as a clove. We walked for 6 miles and talked the whole time.

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Sorry I have lost track of the date. Pepper told me a secrete last night. She told we that a handsome feller asked her to be his wife. Pepper accepted. I wonder what Becky would say if I told her my new friend was getting married.

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Ever since Pepper has been engaged I have wondered what it is like to have someone love you. When I asked Pepper what is it like to be in love, she blushed, and said I would have to wait until I was in love. I wish love was not such an embarrasing subject.

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We have finally arrived in Oregon. All I can say is mud, mud mud. Hopefully now that we are here we will have a better life.

Credits:

Credits The book, Across the Wide Lonesome Prairie the O regon trail diary of hattie campbell

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