December 18, 2012

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!

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