Roads, Trails, and Journeys
1. Sites listing lots of other sites
Trails -- Contemporary Trails
American Trails is a national, nonprofit organization whose
goal is to promote cooperation among all groups interested in trail use
as well as providing support and protection for America's trails.
- The site includes a state by state listing of trails.
- The list is broken down into the following subsections:
news, state agencies, general trails and greenways, long distance trails
and backpacking, rail trails, bicycling and mountain biking, and other
- Under each of these subheadings are brief descriptions
and links to resources available online.
- In addition to the state listings there are sections
covering a variety of topics related to the use and development of trails:
accessible trails, the benefits of trails, environmental issues, federal
agencies, habitat protection, maps, organizations (both state and national),
and studies of trail use.
Links to Trails West -- Historical
The is a site of tremendous scope...there are quite a few
offerings for researching trails and pathways all over the country. The
site is pretty user-friendly and easy to navigate.
- Topics include: Ancient Footpaths and Indian Trails,
Before Trails West, Crossing the Great
Divide: South Pass, the Oregon Trail, Military Roads
of the Old West
- The site covers the story of journeys, reflected in a
wide range of documents, including William Bucknell's journey on the Santa
Fe Trail in 1823.
- The site also provides information on following historic
trails as a modern tourist.
2. Sites featuring diaries and letters
Diaries, Memoirs, Letters and Reports Along The Trails West -- Many Documents
- This is a section of the Trails West web site, listing
scores of historical documents.
Library of Western Fur Trade Historical Source Documents --
Diaries, Narratives, and Letters of the
- Dozens of first-hand accounts by early explorers, artists,
3. Sites with general information about
roads and trails
Early American Roads and Trails
- This site describes many early American trails, including
the Federal Road, Boston Post Road, Santa Fe Trail, Mormon Trail, Oregon
Trail, Trail of Tears. This site provides links to internet sites which
provide maps, pictures, and more information.
US Code, Title 23 -- Highways
- Contemporary US regulations regarding roads and road-building.
Topics include federal highways, Indian roads, recreational trails, and
4. Sites devoted to national trails and
- The Oregon Trail Foundation manages the End of the Oregon
Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, Oregon.
- Their web site includes a library with frequently asked
questions about the trail, a diagram of a prairie schooner along with a
descriptive essay, a listing of provisions and prices of goods on the trail,
the text of the book The Road to Oregon, written by Dr. Jim Tompkins.
This source includes an essay on women of the trail as well as information
on black pioneers of the Pacific Northwest, and a timeline.
- Documents on this site include emigrant diaries, narratives,
and biographical sketches of black pioneers.
- The map Library contains a map of the Oregon Trail, the
California Trail, the Trans-Mississippi West, the Indian tribes of the
Oregon Country and tribal territories, a 1838 map of the west, and more.
5. Sites featuring trails and journeys
in the Inland Northwest
Letters and Journal of Mrs. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, 1836 --
Narcissa Whitman's account of her journey
west in 1836
6. Sites covering modern-day trails in
the Inland Northwest
Northwest Trail -- from the Rockies to the
- Information on the 1,200 mile Pacific Northwest Trail,
Ronald Strickland, which runs from the Continental
Divide to the Pacific Ocean -- from Waterton, Alberta, to Cape Avala, Washington.
- The website contains information about the trail and
about the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. There is an excellent map
of the trail and information for purchasing a guidebook.
- A photo gallery includes images of wildflowers and landscapes
along the trail.
The Centennial Trail -- A trail
for hiking and bicycling in the Spokane Region
- The Centennial Trail follows the Spokane River from the
Idaho border to Nine Mile Falls in Riverside State Park.
- This cite is sponsored by The Centennial Trail Association.
- It includes a history of the trail itself, including
the story of the remarkable cooperation of various agencies during the
1980s that made the trail a reality.
7. Sites specializing in maps and mapping
Eastern Washington University Quadrangle --
Image from TerraServer
- Microsoft in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey
has created a searchable database of maps and aerial photographs.
- Maps and photos can be searched by a address, place name,
and latitude and longitude.
- A map of the United States is provided at the beginning
of the site that can be clicked on to begin the search.
- A list of famous places includes images of airports,
landmarks, stadiums, and military sites.
- The site contains a geographic glossary and tutorials.