Library to bring Oregon Trail game to life

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Giant version of computer game coming to Dakota Nature Park

BROOKINGS – If you couldn’t make it out west before succumbing to cholera, typhoid fever or dysentery as you traveled the virtual Oregon Trail back in grade school, now’s the time to give it another shot.

The Brookings Public Library will put on enlarged, interactive games of Oregon Trail from Monday, Aug. 5, to Wednesday, Aug. 7, with timeslots starting at 5:30 p.m. each evening.

The library has adapted the classic computer game first released in the 1970s and the recently circulated card game into a giant version of the Oregon Trail that will bring the experience to life. 

Teams will form a party and take their wagons across the treacherous trail, facing hands-on challenges along the way.

Because the library will be closed Aug. 4-14 for carpet installation, this event will be held at the Dakota Nature Park, located in southeast Brookings. Groups will meet at the Larson Nature Center building, 1705 32nd St. S.

The games are set up for groups of six or fewer players. This is an adult and family event, so children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required, and the registration window will open July 29. Stop in or contact the library on or after July 29 at 692-9407 to register and claim a timeslot.

For additional information about the programs and services of the Brookings Public Library, visit and be sure to follow the library on Facebook @bkglib. 

The mission of Brookings Public Library is to provide materials and information contributing to the education, recreation, and quality of life for the Brookings community.


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