- from Pioneers
The pioneers who crossed the Appalachian Mountains depended on trees and forests for food and shelter.
Imagine starting over in a place with almost no trees. Plus, there were blizzards in the winter. Summer brought swarms of grasshoppers. For some pioneers, the hardest part of life was getting to their new home. But for the Great Plains settlers, known as sodbusters, getting there was easy compared to what came next.