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WHO HEADED WEST?
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 emigrants on the trail
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            Obviously, all types of people were represented in the masses of people who headed West in the 1840's.  However, it is possible to offer two broad generalizations.  First of all, most of the people were probably successful types who had done reasonably well for themselves in the east.  The trip west was generally an expensive proposition.  Up front capital was needed for wagons, draft animals, hardware supplies, and food supplies.  

Second, people had to be "risk takers".  Traveling the 2,000 miles overland was a dangerous undertaking with no guaranties of success.  

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[Last updated: April 19, 1998]
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