Don Rawitsch

Game Credits


Oregon (1971)   (Written by)


Organ Trail: Director's Cut (2013)   (Kickstarters)


Organ Trail: Director's Cut (2013)   (Special Thanks)
Organ Trail: Director's Cut (2012)   (Special Thanks)


Organ Trail: Director's Cut (2012)   (Kickstarters)

Developer Biography

Don Rawitsch is one of the three people who invented the game The Oregon Trail in 1971, together with Bill Heinemann and Paul Dillenberger. At the time they were senior at Carleton College (MN) and training to be teachers. Rawitsch originally created the concept for the game because he wanted a game to help teach him about the Westward Movement in the mid-1800s. His partner math teachers knew about programming and they had access to a mainframe computer. Rawitsch then brought along the game to the Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation (MECC) when he started work there in 1974. A team converted the game to a version with graphics, animation, pioneer tunes, and some memorable quotes a few years later when the Apple II hit the market. He no longer owns the rights to the game.

Last updated: Feb 01, 2016