this way comes
In the mid-to-late 1800s, tens of thousands of Americans left the relative civilization and stability of the east coast in search of newfound prosperity. Venturing west was prompted by one of two things— the chance to head toward opportunity or to run away from failure or misdeeds. Either motive meant untold danger and one had to wager that what lay ahead was better than what was being left behind. That, in the simplest terms, the reward outweighed the risk.