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Oregon Trail anniversary -- 1993
The historic wagon train commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail rolled into Sweetwater Station, pictured on July 20, 1993. File photo/Andre Vospette

The way it was: Oregon Trail anniversary -- 1993

Jul 22, 2012 - Staff

Nineteen years ago this week, the Oregon Trail was having a birthday -- its 150th, to be exact. Dozens of historians and Oregon Trail enthusiasts were participating in a wagon train re-enactment over as much of the trail route as possible from Missouri to the West Coast, hitting historic points along the fabled route as they went.

Several such stops were in Fremont County, including Sweetwater Station, Ice Slough, Split Rock and South Pass City.

Participants were pleased to learn that parts of the trail were open to modern-day travel on foot by horseback and wagon.

The wagon train was bookended by two "Independences" -- Independence, Mo, where the train left on May 2, and Independence City, Ore, where it expected to arrive on Oct. 24, a trip of 2,000 miles.

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