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Overland Trail


Ben Holladay established this new trail through Bridger Pass as a shorter, safer route for his Overland Stages that had previously been operating along the Oregon Trail system through South Pass. This southern Wyoming trail required some road construction and the building of a series of stations and water supply systems along the way. Many emigrant parties also made use of the Overland Trail.

The Overland Trail is not well marked. East of the North Platte River, the trail is mostly on private land; west of the river, the trail is mostly on alternating sections of private lands and BLM-managed public lands.