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Pioneer of Covered Wagon Days Seeks to Save Oregon Trail

Nov. 20, 1909, Ezra Meeker

Ezra Meeker, who first traveled the Oregon Trail in 1852.

Nov. 21, 1909, Ezra Meeker

The city is overrun with loose dogs, The Times says.

Nov. 21, 1909, Ezra Meeker

Dec. 4, 1928, Ezra Meeker

Dec. 4, 1928: Ezra Meeker dies at the age of 97.
Nov. 21, 1909: The Times profiles Ezra Meeker, who traveled the country in an ox cart to promote his campaign to preserve the Oregon Trail as a national highway. Meeker is the fellow with the ox cart in the photos of the 1910 Aviation Meet.

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