by Stephenie Flora
Typically the wagons were formed in a circle to protect against the dangers of the night. However, in areas where there was no obvious danger the emigrants sometimes camped in separate smaller groups. This became more prevalent towards the end of the journey when tempers had flared to the point of hard feelings and the taking of "sides" and in years of heavy emigration such as 1852. In 1843 when Fremont, was conducting his exploration of the area, he remarked on the surprise of finding several wagons camped along the trail with no one else in sight.
Below are some quotes collected by Prof. Jim Tompkins on Camp Life
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