Most of the songs in this series were popular in the USA between 1840 and the 1880s. A lot of them have to do with the Oregon Trail, the Gold Rush, and the great migration to the western states in the mid-19th Century. Here are some helpful online resources encountered by David and Rocky in their many research journeys.
GETTING TO OREGON
Steamboat Times- history of the riverboat era
Archive.org- treasure trove of everything
Victorian Web- vast Victorian era resources
Pioneer Food- www.foodtimeline.org
19th CENTURY SONG RESOURCES
Music of the 1860s (Civil War Trust website)
Mudcat.org Good source of old lyrics
19th CENTURY SHEET MUSIC
Huge collections of freely downloadable pdfs.
A year-by-year list of the more than 130
songs in the Northwest Troubadour series