Oregon Trail Co Inventor Recalls Minnesota Made Roots In Reddit AMA



Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 7.40.29 AMDon Rawitsch is a co-inventor of the most widely distributed digital educational game of all time of all time.

Oregon Trail was created not in Oregon, but by Carleton College seniors Bill Heinemann, Paul Dillenberger, and Rawitsch right here in Minnesota circa 1971:

“I wanted a game to help me teach about the Westward Movement in the mid-1800s. My partner math teachers knew some programming. We had access to a mainframe computer that did all its communicating via printed text,” he recalls, and the rest is history.