North Alternate Oregon Trail

The North Alternate Oregon Trail (NAOT) was created in 1852 when
a group of trappers created a ferry above Salmon Falls.  Promising
better water and grass than was available on the main Oregon Trail,
the weary emigrants gladly followed the promise of the trappers.  
Unfortunately, the route soon proved to be deadly for animals and
people.  Although only used for 3 years, the NAOT was littered with
abandoned wagons, dead animals, and the graves of dozens of
emigrants.  It has some of the most interesting diary accounts of
anywhere in the state of Idaho.

This page contains some of the information which has been
uncovered about the NAOT.
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Pieces To The Puzzle - Rediscovering Idaho's North Alternate Oregon Trail