1. Information about the Oregon Trail, especially key sites, sample diaries, and wagon information. There’s also a page on hardships that connects to sicknesses. Don’t miss the videos from historians at the bottom of each page. They’re informational and from the voice of real experts.
2. This site has good information (see the right hand side categories under “Trail Basics”) about wagons, Indians, and landmarks.
3. This PBS site includes some good geographical information and information about people, specifically Native American leaders.
4. This site includes many good resources. Scroll down to search by topic. There’s especially helpful information on wagons, sicknesses, medicines, and death (that sounds so uplifting, doesn’t it?)
5. A simple overview of animals along the Oregon Trail
6. A youtube video (made by a class of fourth graders) that shows some of the animals along the trail.
7. Click through the visual slide show (click right) to see some images and read a short blurb about some of the animals on the Oregon Trail.
8. On the Natural History page of this site, there are good tabs on the right hand side of the page. There is a lot of good information about plants and animals. While this site focuses on Lewis and Clark, the information is relevant for the pioneer experience.
9. This is a link on the site above that includes information about geography along the Lewis and Clark expedition, which also has relevance for your Oregon Trail research.
10. This is a short article on hardships that may give you some basic information.