Oregon Trail marks anniversary

January 03, 1993|By New York Times News Service

Festivities will blossom in the spring in six states along the length of the Oregon Trail during the 150th anniversary of the movement that settled the West.

A wagon train retracing the trail's route from Independence, Mo., to Oregon City, Ore., will be a highlight of the celebration honoring the 350,000 pioneers who traveled the trail.

From 1842 to 1860, the trail carried them west along a route stretching 2,200 miles across Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

The 1993 wagon train is scheduled to roll in mid-April and halt five months later, according to the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council.

Information about plans and events is available from Metropolitan Events, 208 N.W. Couch St., Suite 222, Portland, Ore. 97209, (503) 223-6191, or from the Oregon Trail Coordinating Council, 22 N.W. Davis, Suite 309, Portland, Ore. 97209.

For visitors who would like to ride a wagon train, ranches in states along the trail offer such adventures each summer, like the Oregon Trail Wagon Train, which sends fleets of wagons across the prairie.

Information: Oregon Trail Wagon Train, Route 2, Box 502, Bayard, Neb. 69334; (308) 586-1850.

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