Hudspeth’s Cutoff – 169

This shortcut to the California Goldfields, followed by most of the 49ers, came out of the hills to the east and joined the old California trail just about there.

Opend by “Messrs, Hudspeth & Myers, of the Jackson County, Missouri, Company,” who reached here on July 24, 1949, this new route was mistakenly, thought to save nearly a hundred miles over the old way along Snake River to the north. From here, the 49ers struck south-west for California and golden riches.

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