Clark Heglar

Traveling the Oregon and California Trails in Idaho

The journey west on the Overland Route to Oregon and California was the largest peacetime migration in history. The 2000-mile journey was filled with joy, hardship and tragedy. This presentation looks at the encounters with the Indians, the influence and the role of the mountain men, the emigrants themselves, and the reasons they journeyed westward. In the presentation, Heglar will talk about the day-to-day events and struggles, the river crossings, the accidents, and the diseases the emigrants encountered. He also discusses the adventures and misadventures of the youngsters that accompanied their families on their trek across the plains and mountains, and their reactions to curiosities they encountered.