Marshall Publishing~Pony Express & Oregon Trail DVD~Schoolhouse Review

by adustyframe ~ September 12th, 2012


I received the opportunity to review a DVD from Marshall Publishing and we chose the History of the Oregon Trail. This DVD also includes an episode about the Pony Express.

About Marshall Publishing:

Marshall Publishing and Promotions, Inc. is a multi-faceted media publishing organization. Our goal is to provide lots and lots of media fun for everyone through award-winning DVDs, Books, CDs, CD-roms, and broadcast and internet programming that will amaze, amuse, entertain, and educate.


The History of the Oregon Trail is a short episode of approximately 35 minutes and the episode about the Pony Express is approximately 16 minutes.

These are a great length to quickly watch during a study of this time period.

I asked James for a narration on the Pony Express portion and this is what he said.

“They could deliver in 10 days. They had 500 horses. They changed horses every 10-15 miles and had 2 minutes to change horses. They switched horses every 75 miles. It cost $5-$10 to send a letter–much more than today.”

What We Liked:

*Short episodes

*Footage of the actual land area featured in the story–This made it easier to see and understand the terrain and the difficulties they faced as they traveled.

*Study guide available on the website

What We Didn’t Like:

*In our opinion, the narration and color on the DVD feel and sound “old”.

*One spot on the Pony Express portions shows a map and says as far East as Fort Churchill (Nevada) & as far West as Fort Kearney (Nebraska). James caught that and it bothered him that they mixed up the directions.

How I would use these in our homeschool:

I would love to have access to these at the library to borrow when discussing a certain time period or topic.

The History of the Oregon Trail retails for $19.95 and is available at Marshall Publishing. 

Use code TOS27 for free shipping on USPS first class shipping.


Disclosure~As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received a free DVD from Marshall Publishing in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


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