Pioneering the Trail




Stage Stations: Granger Stage Station
In 1856-8 Lt. Francis Bryan was assigned to build "The most Practicable Road from Fort Riley to Bridger Pass." The road built by Bryan followed the Republican River to the Great Platte, west on the South Platte, along the Lodge Pole Creek (through the Laramie Mountains via Cheyenne Pass) striking the 1849 Evans/Cherokee Trail at the Little Laramie River .It then followed the Evans road to and across the N. Platte River to the foot of the Atlantic Rim. Leaving the Evans road Bryan turned west over Bridger Pass, west along Muddy Creek and Bitter Creek to join the Evans Road at Sulphur Springs/Point of Rocks; then west along Bitter Creek to the Green River and on to Fort Bridger. With ravines filled, creeks bridged and wells dug this now became the new Cherokee Cutoff and the most direct route west and to Salt Lake City. With the "bust" of Pike's Peak thousands of gold seekers took the new cutoff (a guide over the Cherokee Trail was printed in the Rocky Mtn News) to Idaho's Salmon River & later Montana's gold strikes.

Remains of the Granger Stage Station west of Lone Pine. Located in the area where the 1849 Evans Cherokee/White wagon train struck the main Oregon-California Trail.
Overland Trail Map
"Map from Liz Larson's Overland Trail Website"