The actual experience of the Oregon Trail was much more interesting and complex than portrayed on television or Hollywood films. Actor Stacy Keach narrates this two-part documentary that challenges many of the most commonly held myths about the historic 2,000 mile trek to Oregon Territory. Based on the original writings of the pioneers and analysis by contemporary historians, the programs were videotaped along the actual route of the Oregon Trail. Breathtaking new landscape photography, aerial footage and time-lapse techniques capture the dramatic moods and seasons of the route west. The narrative is interwoven with interviews and diary readings by Susan Ruttan, Robert Culp, Adrienne Barbeau and Wes Studi. In Search of the Oregon Trail is a co-production of NET Television, Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society. Produced in 1995. Length 90 minutes
Tillers Oxen, Lewis and Clark, were the oxen in the film.