• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

    National Historic Trail CA,CO,ID,KS,MO,NE,NV,OR,UT,WY

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
 
Missouri Auto Tour Route map.
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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?

Oregon, California, & Mormon emigrants, as well as Pony Express riders traveled over South Pass, Wyoming

Until discovered by William Sublette in the 1830s, most Americans thought the Rocky Mountains were impassable. Lewis and Clark passed through the Rockies north of this location, via the Missouri River in 1805. More...