Mile 1086: Parting of the Ways

Parting of the Ways, WY
Parting of the Ways, WY

“About 18 miles after travelers on the Oregon Trail crossed the Continental Divide at South Pass, they reached a junction known now as the Parting of the Ways. The right fork went west toward Fort Hall in present southern Idaho, while the left continued southwest toward Fort Bridger and Salt Lake City. The Fort Hall route was a cutoff, opened in 1844. It saved about 46 miles and two and a half days’ travel, but only by crossing a waterless, sagebrush desert.”

[Reported by Jan Bennett in the Bike the Pony Express group, 10/10/19]