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From: "Roberta Estes" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Migration roads to the West
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 16:16:29 -0500
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Thank you Merle. Each year I write a book for my family about one line.
I'm about to the point where I need to do the Miller family - and yes that
would be the Johann Michael Miller family and descendants - and of course
they came west in a wagon. I like to make these books historically accurate
and I'll be using much of the information in your two journals, even though
they are fiction. They are wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them
when you posted the info previously.

I would really like to go back east to where the Millers settled and follow
their past westward, taking photos as I go before I do the book, but I'm not
sure that is destined to be. At some point we have to either go on the trip
or write the book, or it will never get done.

Thank you not only for this, but for your continued contributions and
historical information.


-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:]
On Behalf Of Merle C Rummel
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [BRE] Migration roads to the West

> So I'm thinking that maybe 20 miles per day is not unreasonable on the
> average. They had to have time to rest the animals, water themselves and
> the horses or oxen, prepare foods, set up for camp in the evening, etc.
> this in line with the kind of progress you see in the journals and such?

From the several writings I've seen, I think 20 miles a day is among
the top figures. Most of them speak of 15 and 10 miles in a day. When
crossing the Appalachian Mountains, many times it was just climbing the
mountain, and coming down the other side - 5-6 miles. If there were a
group traveling together, it often took a whole day just to cross a
river - fording or a ferry. The trip on the National Road took about 30
days (Eastern Pennsylvania to western Ohio); on the Kanawha Trace - 40
days (southern Virginia to Indiana Territory).

I liked the way this helped the children - they didn't have to stay in
the wagon all day - they could get out and play, and still stay close to
the traveling wagon. "When are we going to get there?" - was a whole
different meaning. I included this in my stories about the families
coming out here from Virginia (Nancy Lybrook's Journal) and Pennsylvania
(National Road Journal of Elizabeth Miller). These are at

I have seen similar figures for daily travels on the Oregon Trail and on
the Santa Fe Trail. - in later years.

Merle C Rummel

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