• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

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Auto Tour Route - Kansas

Below the map are driving directions to follow the Auto Tour Route for the California National Historic Trail west through Kansas, from Missouri to Nebraska.
 
Auto Tour Route driving directions for Kansas.
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From Kansas City, Missouri:

1. Take Interstate 435 south from Kansas City to State Route 10.
2. Turn west onto State Route 10.
3. Take State Route 10 west to U.S. Route 59.
4. Turn north onto State Route 59.
5. Take State Route 59 north to Interstate 70.
6. Turn west onto Interstate 70.
7. Take Interstate 70 to U.S. Route 40.
8. Turn west onto U.S. Route 40.
9. Take Interstate 40 west to Interstate 70.
10. Turn west onto Interstate 70.
11. Take Interstate 70 west to Exit 346 Willard Dover Rd.
12. Turn north onto Willard Dover Rd.
13. Take Willard Dover Rd. north to U.S. Route 24.
14. Turn west onto U.S. Route 24.
15. Take U.S. Route 24 west to State Route 99.
16. Turn north onto State Route 99.
17.Take State Route 99 north to State Route 9.
18. Turn west onto State Route 9.
19. Take State Route 9 west to U.S. Route 77.
20.Turn north onto State Route 77.
21. Take State Route 77 to U.S. Route 36.
22. Turn west onto U.S. Route 36.
23.Take U.S. Route 36 west to State Route 148.
24. Turn north onto State Route 148 into Nebraska.

From St. Joseph, Missouri:

1. Take U.S. Route 36 west to State Route 148.
2. Turn north onto State Route 148.

Total original route miles in Kansas (including alternate routes): 290

Did You Know?

Gates of the Bear River, WY. Photo courtesy of The Wagner Perspective.

Rivers played an important role in establishing the 1840s - 1860s Emigrant Road to Oregon and California. In general, the route left the Missouri River to follow the Platte, then the Sweetwater to the Bear, the Snake and then either North to the Columbia or South to the Humboldt. More...