After the initial exploration of the American West - the land between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean - pioneers started to move. Whether looking for a fresh start, running away from debt, or seeking to get rich in the gold fields, these curious, self-starting men, women, and children were in for the adventure of their lives. Do some exploring of your own with the links and videos below.
GOING WEST FROM MISSOURI
Oregon-California Trails Association
The Oregon Trail
Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia
The Pony Express National Museum