Oregon Trail Facts
Learn More About the History Explored in This Episode
- The Mormon Trail paralleled much of the Oregon Trail, connecting Council Bluffs to Salt Lake City.
- Chester Call, the founder of Chesterfield, had four wives, three of them at the same time.
- The Red Goose Show Company of St. Louis sold shoes to pioneer families headed west beginning in 1869.
- In 1928, Idaho became the first state in the nation to stamp graphics on its license plates.
- Chesterfield was not named for Chester Call, its founder, but after Chesterfield, England.
- The first Mercury dime had to be redesigned at the last minute to ensure compatibility with vending machines.
- In 2011, the USDA estimates that the average American consumed 26.6 pounds of pork. That’s a lot of bacon!