SOUTH PASS TO BRIDGER.
BIG SANDY, Oregon, July 6, 1859.
I WROTE last from the Mail Company's station-tent in "Quaking Asp Cañon," at the east end of the South Pass, three miles off the direct and well-beaten road from the Missouri to Salt Lake, and so to California, which was formerly the road to Oregon as well. But Col. Lander, at the head of a U. S. exploring and pioneer party, has just marked and nearly opened a new road through the Cañon aforesaid, which makes a Northern cut-off, and strikes the old Oregon Trail some fourteen miles south of Fort Hall, saving sixty miles on the journey to Oregon, and striking through to California on a northerly route, which I think passes to the north of Honey Lake, and thence over the Sierra down one of the forks of the Yuba. I cannot, of course, say that this is better than the old route, but it can hardly be more destitute of grass; while the naked fact that it divides the travel, affords cheering hope of a mitigation of the sufferings and hardships of the long journey. I missed seeing Col. Lander, to my regret; but I am sure he is doing a good work, for which thousands will have reason to bless him. At all events, a great majority of the California, with all the Oregon emigration, are turning off on the new route, and I pray that they may find
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Publication information: Book title: An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859. Contributors: Horace Greeley - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 190.