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California Trail

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Definition: Wagon trail west from Missouri to California. The main use of the California Trail was for gold-seekers to travel to northern California, seeking fortunes. More than 200,000 of these people traveled the 5,550-mile-long California Trail, which passed through the present-day states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and California.

Related Resources:
The Westward Movement
Find out more about Americans' travels west.

The 19th Century
Get a glimpse of what life was like in the exciting 1800s.

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More on the California Trail
Find out more about this famous gold trail.

Early American Trails and Roads
This very helpful site has descriptions of many famous trails and roads of early America.

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