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Asked • 05/22/19

Did families heading west ever settle along the Oregon Trail (instead of at the final destination)?

The history of the [Oregon Trail](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Trail) is well known, in that thousands of people used the trail (and other similar routes) to emigrate to western areas of the United States. What isn't clear to me, however, is how many people, if any, ever stopped before reaching the final destination(s) of the trail and permanently settled along it. How frequently did this happen? There are plenty of stories of people who died along the way or turned back, but I'm referring to people and families who founded farms or settlements midway along the trail in areas that had little previous American settlement.

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