You could carry only 2000 pounds per wagon Some popular types of wagons were The Conestoga Wagon, The Murphy Wagon, and The Prairie Schooner. Unlike are modern wagons these were large and often pulled by oxen.
When the brave pioneers saw rivers they had to pull out the wagons wheels and float ( ford ) across the water. The animals had to swim alongside. Often people and animals drowned in rivers Supplies from wagons sometimes fell out of wagons during the crossing
Scurvy was a disease caused by improper diet. It caused swelling. Malaria was a disease acquired by being bitten by a infected mosquito. You would get chills, sweats, fevers. Cholera a disease caused by contaminated water and food. It made you barf, have diarrhea, and leg cramps.
The pioneers left for several reasons. Including to claim the free land that ( at the time ) was occupied by Indians.
2000 miles from Independence Missouri to Oregon The gold rush began 1849 1 in 10 people died on the trail The first pioneers did not the dangers of the Oregon Trail