This short cut to the California Goldfields,
followed by most of the 49'ers, came out
of the hills to the east and joined the
old California Trail just about here.
Pioneered by "Messrs. Hudspeth & Myers, of
the Jackson County, Missouri, Company "who
reached here on July 24, 1849, the new route
was mistakenly thought to save nearly a hundred
miles over the old way along Snake River to
the north. From here, the Forty-niners struck
southwest for California and golden riches.