Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 72. Chapters: Lawrence, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, Douglas County, Kansas, Eudora, Kansas, Shawnee, Kansas, Lecompton, Kansas, Interstate 80 in Nevada, Emigrant Trail in Wyoming, City of Rocks National Reserve, Fort Hall, Fort Kearny, Fort Bridger, Fort Caspar, South Pass, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Great Platte River Road, Hastings Cutoff, Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Blacks Fork, Salt Lake Cutoff, The Chisholms, Massacre Rocks State Park, Pacific Creek, Fort McPherson, Nebraska, Bidwell's Bar, California, Independence Rock, Westport, Kansas City, National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Lahontan Valley, Names Hill, Joseph R. Walker, Ash Hollow State Historical Park, Courthouse and Jail Rocks, Register Cliff, Mormon Station State Historic Park, Mahaffie House, Joseph Chiles, Beckwourth Pass, Sweetwater River, Cooks Station, Palisade Canyon. Excerpt: The California Trail was an emigrant trail of about 2,000 miles (3,200 km) across the western half of the North American continent from Missouri River towns to what is now the state of California. After it was established, the first half of the California Trail followed the same corridor of networked trails as the Oregon Trail and the Mormon Trails following the Platte, North Platte and Sweetwater River's valleys to Wyoming. The western end of the trail turned off in Idaho, Wyoming or Utah to reach the Humboldt River valley trail across Nevada. By following the Humboldt River valley across the arid Great Basin they were able to obtain the water, grass and 'wood' needed by all travelers and their teams. An alternative route across Nevada that bypassed both Fort Hall and the Humboldt River trails was developed in 1859. This route, the Central Overland Route, was about 200 miles shorter and ten days quicker. It roughly followed where U.S. Highway 50 goes today. In...
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