Lewis and Clark Expedition and Oregon Trail

Lewis and Clark

The Expedition Begins!

May 14, 1804

Lewis and Clark begin their expedition with 31 men and 1 dog.

Sergeant Charles Floyd dies

August 20, 1804

Sergeant Floyd was the only one who died the entire trip.

Sacagawea meets Lewis and Clark

November 4, 1804

Lewis and Clark meet her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and his other wife, Little Otter.

Sacagawea's Son is born

February 11, 1805

Sacagawea, who was pregnant the entire trip, gives birth to her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

Sacagawea finds her brother

August 17, 1805

Sacagawea is reunited with her brother for the first time since she was kidnapped. She makes the heart-wrenching decision to leave him behind though.

Lewis and Clark Reach the Pacific Ocean!

November 7, 1805

The group first sighted the Pacific Ocean on November 7, only arriving two weeks later.

Oregon Trail

Robert Stuart

Approx. 1810

Robert Stuart is the first person to use the Oregon Trail.

The first wagons on the Oregon Trail

Approx. 1836

Marcus and Narcissa Whitman were the first people to bring a wagon along on the Oregon Trail.

1,000 at Independence, Missouri


In the spring of 1843, about 1,000 people gathered together at Independence, Missouri.

50,000+ every year!

Approx. 1846

By the late 1840s, more than 50,000 people were using the trail every year!