When pioneers traveled west, they had to face many difficulties. There could be a fire or Indians could steal their horses. If they started late, they might run into a blizzard or freeze from the cold. If it was too hot and they had no water, they might die of thirst. Some rivers were extremely treacherous and wagons tipped over very often. The mountains were also hard to cross because the wagon could slip in the mud and spill precious goods. Someone might get a concussion or break a bone and they would die. There were many diseases on the wagon train. People caught colds and other more dangerous sicknesses like typhoid fever and cholera. Only a few people survived the 2,000-mile trip and prospered in the new land.
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