Death on the Oregon Trail – Buried in the road.

Interesting little fact surfaced while I was indexing the upcoming “Jim Lockett Article Index”.

I do not think I have ever heard of someone being buried in a road before.

“It was not long before Beverly came down with mountain fever and died. He was a strong, healthy, good-humored
man, so the whole train was shocked at the news of his sudden death. The Appersons had two wagons.
Jane had the men make a coffin out of one. After a short service, they buried Beverly in the middle of the trail.
This would allow the wagons and stock to pack the earth and hide the scent from wolves. It also prevented Indians
from robbing the grave for clothes.”

News Register Sep 21, 2004

Categorized as 3.5.7

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