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Some of the items pioneers packed:

  • Flour
  • Bacon
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Lard (butter)
    How much would supplies cost?

      Missouri 1849 prices Idaho 2001 prices Difference
    10 lb. bag of flour
    1 lb. of bacon
    1 lb. of coffee
    10 lb. of sugar
    1 lb. of salt
    1 lb. of lard (butter)


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