This is the picture called Westward Ho! by, Emanuel Leutz, 1826-1868.
I had a hard time finding images of the beginning on the trail. I have cobbled together some pictures that somewhat give an idea of what it must have been like to start this 2,170 journey.
They had to ford rivers and the difficulty of that depended on how much rain there had been. They did climb mountains. The end of the trail had mountains and they had a hard time.
The pictures are mainly from Wikipedia Commons. The pictures from the National Archives and Record Administration is shortened to NARA.
I’ll start with the maps.
The next map is of the Missouri River. They did cross it. It is the longest river in North America. The drawing of the river is done by Matthew Trump.
Also from the Boston Public Library, a picture of the Kansas Plains.
The covered wagons usually were four feet wide and twelve feet long. They were narrow because of the trail they had to travel. a wide wagon wouldn’t have been able to get through some spots.
The wagons weighed about 1,000 pounds.
Wagon trains had from 50 to 100 wagons in them.
The canvas covers were tightened down on rainy days to keep the supplies dry.
The next picture is of Breaking up Camp at Sunrise by, Albert Jacob Miller.