It’s true that you can now play Oregon Trail for free, in DOS, via the Internet Archive. It’s also true that before there was a Bill Gates who founded Microsoft, there was Swiftwater Bill Gates of the Klondike Gold Rush, no relation. Microsoft Bill Gates’ grandfather, also named William Gates, was also a prospector active in the same time and place as Swiftwater, which just goes to show that history wants what history wants. Read the life story of the other famous Bill Gates, written by his mother-in-law, here. I bet he would have liked one of those waste-to-water machines.
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