Charles ‘Rinker’ Buck ’73 Writes of Modern Journey Across the Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail is perhaps best known as the 2,000-mile route American settlers took in the early 1800s to migrate west, but many people today have arguably all but forgotten the trail and its rich history. Accompanied by three mules, his brother, and a Jack Russell Terrier, Charles “Rinker” Buck ’73 embarks on an adventure of epic proportions and travels across the Oregon Trail on a old-fashioned covered wagon.

In a compelling narrative that is part memoir and part history, Buck shares his journey in his book The Oregon Trail: A New American Journeyand reminds us of what the Oregon Trail meant for these early Americans.

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