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skuthorp
04-15-2017, 06:13 AM
for a dodgy TV show and a few bucks.

"The Oregon Trail passed through Idaho for hundreds of miles 150 years ago. In some places you can still see the ruts from the wagons that brought people west.http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/idaho/files/styles/large/public/201308/Documentation_of_multiple_holes_in_the_Oregon_Trai l_ruts.jpg (http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/idaho/files/styles/x_large/public/201308/Documentation_of_multiple_holes_in_the_Oregon_Trai l_ruts.jpg)documenting the damage
CREDIT ZEKE ROBINSON

Last week archaeologist Suzann Henrikson drove a local historian and a local Boy Scout leader out to see a well-preserved part of the trail near the Snake River. Henrikson works for the Bureau of Land Management in Burley. She and her guests found something unexpected.
“Hundreds and hundreds of holes dug directly in the corridor of the trail, the ruts themselves. It’s just ghastly,” Henrikson says."

http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/treasure-hunters-destroy-idaho-s-historic-oregon-trail-ruts#stream/0

http://paul-barford.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/more-metal-detecting-along-oregon-trail.html

Shang
04-15-2017, 07:56 AM
When I used to fly out of Kansas City Municipal airport, sometimes when the first snow was blown across the Kansas prairie it was possible to see the wagon ruts from the wagon trains that crossed the river at Westport Landing, heading toward Oregon and California.

http://filmfanatic.org/reviews/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Covered-Wagon-Train.png

skuthorp
04-15-2017, 04:02 PM
An American artist friend who lives here now has a collection of items, including some small furniture, that her ancestors brought across the Oregon Trail. Included are 2 boxes of glass plate slides taken on the journey. Her family still in the US seemingly had no interest in the items.
It is a shame they could not have found a home in context in the US.

David W Pratt
04-15-2017, 06:37 PM
I've seen ruts still a couple of feet (~65cm) deep on the old Butterfield Stage route

Nicholas Carey
04-16-2017, 12:14 AM
Back in the late 80s (early 90s?) I did a backpacking trip in the Wind River Range (Wyoming). On the way out there, we stopped in South Pass, near the Parting of the Ways -- left for California, right for Oregon. You can see the "wagon ruts" clearly from the road. We stopped the car and headed out across the scrub to take look at them, up close and personal.

Once we got out there, we realized that the "wagon ruts" are really just modern jeep tracks. Centered in a shallow depression maybe 2-3 feet deep at the center and maybe 50-100 yards wide...with a matching band of disturbed vegetation. The stuff growing in the depression was markedly different than that outside it, and a very sharp transition at the edge.

That's the Oregon Trail, not the visible ruts.

oznabrag
04-16-2017, 09:03 AM
Back in the late 80s (early 90s?) I did a backpacking trip in the Wind River Range (Wyoming). On the way out there, we stopped in South Pass, near the Parting of the Ways -- left for California, right for Oregon. You can see the "wagon ruts" clearly from the road. We stopped the car and headed out across the scrub to take look at them, up close and personal.

Once we got out there, we realized that the "wagon ruts" are really just modern jeep tracks. Centered in a shallow depression maybe 2-3 feet deep at the center and maybe 50-100 yards wide...with a matching band of disturbed vegetation. The stuff growing in the depression was markedly different than that outside it, and a very sharp transition at the edge.

That's the Oregon Trail, not the visible ruts.

There are definitely visible wagon ruts at certain places along the way.