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A historical overland route to the western United States extending from various cities on the Missouri River to the Oregon Country and later Oregon Territory. It was a major path of western migration from the early 1840s until the coming of the railroad in the 1870s.
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(Placename) an early pioneering route across the central US, from Independence, W Missouri, to the Columbia River country of N Oregon: used chiefly between 1804 and 1860. Length: about 3220 km (2000 miles)
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a route used during the U.S. westward migrations, esp. in the period from 1840 to 1860, starting in Missouri and ending in Oregon. ab. 2000 mi. (3200 km) long.
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