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It is difficult to comprehend that just over a hundred years ago, men and women were conquering the outer limits of the westward frontier--when today they are conquering the thresholds of outer space.

A half a million men and women courageously traveled the trails into a strange land--following the Indian's and trapper's footprints to gold fields and new settlements into the western frontier. These pages will try to describe one such trail--the Overland Trail--how and why it began in 1862 under the direction of Ben Holladay, and how the wagon wheels and hoof beats were abruptly silenced in 1869 with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad--closing an era that will be never forgotten.

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