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  Science Fair Projects - California Trail
The California Trail was a major overland emigrant route across the American West from Missouri to California in the middle 19th century.
It was used by 250,000 farmers and gold-seekers to reach the California gold fields and farm homesteads in California from the late 1840s until the introduction of the railroads in the late 1860s.
Part of the route of the trail across Nevada was used for the Central Pacific portion of the first transcontinental railroad.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/California_Trail   (906 words)

  
 The California Trail - Rush to Gold
California emigrants faced the greatest challenges of all the pioneer emigrants of the mid-19th century.
The California Trail system, which now includes approximately 5,665 miles of trails, was developed over a period of years.
Numerous cutoffs and alternate routes were tried along the California Trail to see which was the "best" in terms of terrain, length and sufficient water and grass for livestock.
www.legendsofamerica.com /WE-CaliforniaTrail.html   (964 words)

  
  California Trail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The California Trail was a major overland emigrant route across the Western United States from Missouri to California in the middle 19th century.
It was used by 250,000 farmers and gold-seekers to reach the California gold fields and farm homesteads in California from the early 1840s until the introduction of the railroads in the late 1860s.
Throughout the 1840s the trail began to be used sporadically by early settlers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/California_Trail   (1060 words)

  
 California Trail, Osino and Ryndon, Elko County, Nevada
If you visit them, make sure you sit beside the trail and listen carefully for the squeaks and groans of the wagons, the snorts of the oxen and the conversations of the pioneers headed west as they were crawling up these hills at less than 1 mile per hour.
Trail is in foreground just before it is disturbed by the recent road into the Humboldt River Ranch.
The California Trail is in the center of the photo headed toward the ranch.
www.elkorose.com /catrailosinoryndon.html   (442 words)

  
 Historic Trails Of The Old West   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Oregon Trail was the overland emigrant trail for the Missouri River to the Columbia River country, Oregon Territory.
The California-Applegate Trail left the Oregon Trail in the northeast corner of the county and headed southwest toward California gold.
The first Americans to use the Gila Trail were the trappers of the early 19th century who found the headwaters and tributaries of the Gila River literally teeming with beaver.
www.ida.net /users/lamar/trails.html   (3563 words)

  
 IMBA Resources: Bicycle Management: California Recreational Trail Plan Highights (June 2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This Trail Plan acknowledges that a certain amount of friction is inevitable, and therefore focuses on planning and communication to minimize the differences and optimize the benefits derived from these precious resources.
In the late 1990s California's economy was booming and many local jurisdictions proclaimed a "surplus" for the first time in many years; however, parks and trails didn't always see increased funding as local governments used their additional revenues for long neglected police and fire protection, roadway repairs and schools.
California's ever-growing and diverse population - a trail system that meets the needs of the state's disparate recreational users and our growing overall transportation needs, while protecting our state's vital natural and cultural resources.
www.imba.com /resources/bike_management/california_rtp_02.html   (1710 words)

  
 California Trail - KS-Cyclopedia - 1912
California Trail.—This historic highway ran from the Missouri river to the Pacific coast.
During the Oregon and Utah emigration the travel was attended with a great mortality, and during the period of the California gold excitement it is said that the mortality was as great as 10 per cent.
One writer has said that at least 5,000 emigrants died along the trail in 1849-50, and that the graves of these unfortunates were soon dug into by coyotes and the corpses torn to pieces.
skyways.lib.ks.us /kansas/genweb/archives/1912/c/california_trail.html   (756 words)

  
 GORP - Hiking California Coastal Trail
Imagine a trail along the entire length of the California coast, a diverse route from border to border that explores beaches, bluffs, headlands, bays and coves, staying as near the shore as possible for 1200 miles.
Happily the California Coastal Trail (CCT) is no longer all in the mind, but too few people realize the CCT already exists, as diverse a long distance trail as you'll find on the planet.
The California coastline stretches, sprawls and twists for 1200 miles from the rain forest north to the desert south.
gorp.away.com /gorp/location/ca/coast_tr.htm   (773 words)

  
 OCTA -- California Trail Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Stewart's history of the California Trail describes its year-by-year changes as weather conditions, new exploration and the changing character of emigrants affected it.
A book of commanding importance, not just for the trail lore it imparts but because this is the one 19th century emigrant diary that covers the trip across the plains as well as the years in California afterward.
A selection of rare and hard-to-find early accounts of the 1846 emigrant party that was trapped in the winter snows of the Sierra Nevada, recounting their strenuous and conflict-ridden trail west; their experiences of starvation, death, and cannibalism, and the Herculean but disorganized efforts of the Californians to rescue the survivors.
nwocta.com /octastore/calbks.htm   (2385 words)

  
 Trails, Parks and Environmental Links - California and Western U.S.
Trail organization that publishes a variety of information "from how to find a trail to how to fund a trail." Includes reports on the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the Millennium Trails national project.
The Pacific Crest Trail, dedicated as a scenic trail in 1993, is one of eight National Scenic Trails.
One of their most high-profile projects is the Iron Goat Trail, a rails-to-trails project in the Stevens Pass area of the Washington Cascades 60 miles north of Seattle, which will eventually include several miles of barrier-free trail.
www.trailcenter.org /links/links-ca.htm   (802 words)

  
 Oregon Trail History: Historic Trails: Old West Kansas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
However, the Oregon Trail was also used by the Army, and stagecoaches and the Pony Express Route followed part of the trail.
After 1849 the impact of gold discoveries in California caused the Oregon Trail to be labeled the California Trail by California-bound travelers.
The Oregon Trail continued to be heavily traveled during the Civil War, but as the Union Pacific Railroad was built, the use of the Oregon Trail declined.
www.vlib.us /old_west/trails/othist.html   (428 words)

  
 National Oregon/California Trail Center >> Oregon/California Trails
The Oregon National Trail is a 2,000 mile monument to the human spirit.
Many were buried in the trail itself to protect their grave from scavenging animals.
The intent of the public law was to designate the primary route of the Oregon Trail, extending full length between Independence, Missouri, and Oregon City, Oregon.
www.oregontrailcenter.org /HistoricalTrails/OregonCaliforniaTrails.htm   (453 words)

  
 Stevens Trail, BLM California Folsom Field Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Trail History: The story of the Stevens Trail begins with the establishment of the Gold Rush mining communities of Illinoistown and Iowa Hill, seperated by the steep North Fork American River canyon.
The trail was originally used as a toll path from Colfax down to Secret Ravine along the American River and then traveled up the other side to Iowa Hill which was a major metropolis during the Gold Rush period.
Eventually, the use of the trail died down as did gold fever and it was all but forgotten until 1959 when a Sacramento area Boy Scout was credited with rediscovering the trail.
www.blm.gov /ca/folsom/stevenstrail.html   (551 words)

  
 Rubicon, California 4WD Trail
Many of those are locals, who have done the trail backwards and forwards, in sunlight and after dark, and know every nook and cranny of this trail.
The Rubicon trail is open to all vehicles most of the year and requires no fees or permits to run.
this trail should be as challenging for the last guy thru at the end of the year as it was for the first guy thru in the Spring.
www.4x4now.com /trcar.htm   (2106 words)

  
 Siskiyou Trail Project
After being used as a fir trader's route, the trail was 'opened' by Ewing Young in the 1830's when he drove cattle over the summit from California to provision (in the face of English interests) the burgeoning American settlements in the Willamette Valley.
In the final decades of the 19th century, development of the trail mirrored the attempts by the victorious Americans to integrate themselves into a larger, capitalistic, landscape: the trail was re-engineered and re-plotted as a toll road in 1860; a telegraph line was completed in 1864; and the Southern Pacific Railroad was completed in 1887.
These remains are reasonably identified with the portion of the trail used by the HBC after 1827, and by the first gold miners and emigrants to cross between Oregon and California in the late 1840's and 1850's.
www.sou.edu /SOCIOL/arch/siskiyou.htm   (675 words)

  
 The Trail Through Nevada
The trail struck the river at one of the major landmarks on the Emigrant trail — Gravelly Ford (D).
The trail on the north side of the river was by far the best, for ahead, the river would swing far to the south and then cross the alkali flats formed by the Reese River sink.
The new trail was quickly adopted and soon gained fame as the pony express route, and while use of the Humboldt trail dropped off, it did not cease all together.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/trailofthe49ers/trail.htm   (2410 words)

  
 California Trail
The route from the Missouri River to the Columbia River became known as the Oregon Trail.
Later it was used by mountain men and fur traders.
The trail began at Independence, Missouri and the first main stopping point was
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /WWcaliforniaT.htm   (2125 words)

  
 Statewide Trails Program & Planning
Trail Days provided an opportunity for volunteers to become involved in improving their parks and trails while connecting with the outdoor environment.
The 2006 California Trails and Greenways Conference, was held May 5-7, in Agoura Hills, California.
Grant projects range from trail repairs to full trail reconstruction, and include improving ADA accessibility compliance, natural habitat protection, and erosion control, as well as increasing usefulness to park and recreation users.
www.parks.ca.gov /trails   (683 words)

  
 Oregon Trail History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Oregon-California trail was a 2,170 mile route from Missouri to Oregon and California that enabled the migrating of the early pioneers to the western United States.
From Fort Laramie to Fort Bridger, the Mormon trail and the Oregon Trail were one in the same.
The final third of the trail was the most difficult and had to be done with expediency.
www.frontiertrails.com /oldwest/oregontrail.htm   (1047 words)

  
 Westward Migration
Reports from California settlers, including John Sutter, a Swiss who had a "fort" at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers (present Sacramento) and John Marsh, who had a ranch near Mt. Diablo, described the excellent climate, the ease of farming and the weakness of the Mexican government.
The trail to California had been established not by the government, but by members of the "Emigrant Societies" formed in the 1840's.
The wagons were led by the trapper Joseph Walker along the Oregon Trail to Calder Creek, and then along an old trapper's trail to the head of the Humboldt River.
members.aol.com /DanMRosen/donner/westward.htm   (849 words)

  
 California Coastal Trail
Connections with other trails systems that have been designed to accommodate equestrian use, including the ones already recognized for their scenic and historic values such as the Juan de Anza Trail, the Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail, and the California Riding and Hiking Trail.
The trail must be located and designed with a healthy regard for the protection of natural habitats, cultural and archaeological features, private property rights, neighborhoods, and agricultural operations along the way.
To determine how much of the trail is complete, Conservancy staff drew information about where the Coastal Trail runs from the Local Coastal Plans of communities along the coast and interviewed public officials in communities, counties, and National Parks as well as knowledgeable individuals and members of Coastwalk.
californiacoastaltrail.info /cms/pages/trail/done.html   (4003 words)

  
 CALIFORNIA TRAIL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This wagon trail from the Raft River to the Humboldt River became the next permanent segment of the California Trail.
In order to avoid the rigors of the Truckee Trail on their return to Salt Lake City, a group of Mormons, most of whom were former members of the disbanded Mormon Battalion, pioneered a new wagon trail to the Carson River.
All these trails branched off one of the three main northern routes to California and usually were opened from west to east.
www.emigranttrailswest.org /caltrail.htm   (2853 words)

  
 IMBA News: Action Alerts: California Bill Promises New Trails (06-12-05)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sacramento is considering legislation under which California reservoir and watershed managers would receive citizen input and consider recreational use of their lands, including trail access.
California trail enthusiasts have been trying for years to persuade public watershed-owning land managers to open their trail systems to the public if it is safe to do so.
The bill is endorsed by such diverse groups as the California League of Conservation Voters, California Bicycle Coalition, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, East Bay Regional Park District, IMBA, Northern California Mountain Biking Association, and Bicycle Trails Council of the East Bay.
www.imba.com /news/action_alerts/06_05/06_12_ca_trails.html   (687 words)

  
 TW - Calif Trail Photos
This segment of the emigrant trail stretches from the beginning of the trail at the Raft River in southern Idaho to the Humboldt Bar in Nevada.
Trails West Marker C-12, located at Granite Pass on the California Trail, is in the foreground.
As the California Trail approached the Humboldt Sink after leaving Big Meadows the trail passes though the alkali flat north of the sink.
www.emigranttrailswest.org /cscenes2.htm   (594 words)

  
 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The California Trail was a major overland emigrant route across the Western United States from Missouri to California in the middle 19th century.
It was used by 250,000 farmers and gold-seekers to reach the California gold fields and farm homesteads in California from the early 1840s until the introduction of the railroads in the late 1860s.
The Carson Trail (also known as the Carson River Route) proceeded south through the Forty Mile Desert, skirting the western edge of the Carson Sink and striking the Carson River near modern-day Fallon, Nevada.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=California_Trail   (1066 words)

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