As pioneers traveled westward, they encountered beautiful yet harsh terrain. The author uses her photographs to depict the land of the Oregon Trail - where the pioneers traveled, camped, and forded rivers like the Platte. Highlighted in this presentation are the historic Oregon Trail Ruts near Fort Laramie which are preserved in the rocky land surrounding the trail. Also featured is Register Cliff, a famous stop where visitors can see where pioneers carved their names and dates of passage into a huge rock cliff. There is also a Pony Express Monument on the site as it was a stop on the Pony Express Route. Imbedded in this PowerPoint is a link to a video on fording a river from Discovery Education Streaming.
After clicking on the link, the user needs to log on to Discovery Education to be able to view it. The PowerPoint is complete in itself without the video - the video serves as an extra bonus. This presentation is easily adapted to a wide range of grade levels.