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Was there any difference between the types of people who went to Oregon and those who went to California?
 
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            Some historians contend that the greater risk-takers went to California.  There many be a certain amount of truth to that contention since California, at that time, was not considered as safe or orderly as Oregon.  Even Lansford Hastings, who based his future in California, wrote, "And I may add, that the Oregon emigrants are, as a general thing, of a superior order to those of our people, who usually emigrate to our frontier countries.  They are not the indolent, dissolute, ignorant and vicious, but they are generally, the enterprising, orderly, intelligent and virtuous."

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