Auto Tour Route - Missouri
Below the map are driving directions to follow the auto tour route of the California National Historic Trail west from Missouri
From St. Joseph, Missouri:
1. Take U.S. Route 36 west.
From Independence, Missouri:
1. Take U.S. Route 24 west to Interstate 435.
2. Turn south onto Interstate 435.
3. Take Interstate 435 west into Kansas.
Total original route miles in Missouri: 18
Did You Know?
This spring provided the first source of fresh water for emigrant wagon trains after traveling the long hard, waterless drive across nearly 100 miles of Utah Desert. It is named in honor of the ill-fated Donner-Reed party which stopped at the springs on their way to California in the fall of 1846. More...