Chorpenning and the Egan Trail

“In October, 1858, Chorpenning set out from Salt Lake City to examine a more direct route, south of Great Salt Lake. Three years before, a Utah pioneer, Howard Egan, had explored a route from northern California to Salt Lake City which followed very nearly the fortieth parallel, north latitude. In September 1855, he retraced his steps and won a wager by riding riding on mule back from Salt Lake City to Sacramento in ten days. This route came to be know as the Egan trail. Chorpenning found the route practicable and immediately set about moving his mail line to the new route.”