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The Struggle of the Oregon Trail

I found this creative writing prompt on TED-ED Learning Series, which is a list of creative writing prompts that can be done in ten minutes.  The twenty-one ideas listed are excerpted from 642 Tiny Things to Write About.

Scrolling through the list, I couldn’t help what I managed to find:

It’s 1849, and you’re headed West along the Oregon Trail. Describe the safety features of your state-of-the-art covered wagon.

State-of-the-art covered wagon? Oregon Trail? 1849?

I don’t exactly think any of this matches up.  If I based the actual trials and tribulations of enduring the Oregon Trail on the computer game I played as a kid, then there obviously wasn’t anything keeping me from breaking my arm in the game…and then dying from it.  Our wagon broke frequently, we couldn’t afford to repair it – heck, we couldn’t even afford clothes.  We had to hunt for our food, our wagon NEVER made it across the river…and we all had cholera, dysentery, and got bit by snakes.

There wasn’t any state-of-the art when it came to my covered wagon.  It was also about what got me from Point A to the West…if I was lucky enough to make it there.


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