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Tackling the California Trail

The Oregon Trail gets all the attention, but far more Americans emigrated on the lesser-known California Trail headed toward what would become the Golden State.

Many wealthier Eastern Americans traveled by sailing around Cape Horn to San Francisco. The rest made the treacherous 2,000-mile trip from Independence, Missouri, to Sacramento, California,

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