This movie took place in 1900 when the iron horse was the mode of transportation from East to West.  But in the mid 1800’s it was one rough ride to get out west.

CALIFORNIA ADMISSION DAY is a legal holiday in the state of California.  California’s admission into the Union as the thirty-first state back in 1850 is being celebrated today.  As part of the Compromise of 1850 California was admitted to the Union as a free state after being ceded to the United States by Mexico at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.

You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.  – Alec Waugh

The state of California offers any type of scenery you might like – from ocean to forest to skyscrapers in cities.  In the 1800’s there was a different reason for folks to take a wagon train headed west – GOLD.  Back then it wasn’t as simple as hopping in the station wagon and driving along highways.  It was a very rough ride in a covered wagon instead.  Some people did not survive the trip, as disease and weather conditions sometimes took lives.

If you want to get a good idea of what it was like to travel in a covered wagon along the Oregon Trail, there are excerpts from Margaret Frink’s diary online.  She was born in 1818 and married her husband in 1839.  They decided to head west to California in 1850.  They settled in Sacramento but lived in several parts of California.

Of course there are several movies depicting the travels in the 1800’s out west.  We consider those folks pioneers and know their lives were not easy, but they hung on to hope and dreamed of a better life.  I admire those who hold on to hope and forge ahead regardless of the risk.  They kept their wits about them and held on to faith in God.

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.  – Søren Kierkegaard

Along the way there was surely pain, suffering and loss.  Wives buried husbands, parents buried children.

Today we see forgetting the curling iron on a trip as devastating.  Really???  :-/