The Cherokee Trail

“But during July [1862] an important change in the overland mail route was effected. This was the transfer of the line from the North Platte road [via South Pass] to the Cherokee Trail. . . .

The Cherokee Trail probably derived its name from a party of Cherokees headed by Captain Evans of Arkansas, who made their way to California via this route, having begun their journey April 20, 1849 . . . This party however was not the first to take this route. General Ashley in going to the Green River rendezvous in 1825 took this trail Stansbury was guided over this trail eastward in 1850 by James Bridger.”