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Oregon Trail Facts

Learn More About the History Explored in This Episode

Tim and George talk through their plan of attack for finding whichever historic artifacts lay buried on this historic ground.

A scene from the Diggers episode "Oregon Trail Mix" (View larger version)

Photograph by Cory Adcock-Camp

  • 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!