1824 - South Pass discovered

South Pass opened the overland trail to the western slopes of the Rockies and the open country beyond.

     Thomas Fitzpatrick, Jim Bridger, Jedidiah Smith, and Etienne Provost (Provo, Utah named in his honor), discover South Pass through the Rocky Mountains.  South Pass was an essential course through the mountains that made it possible for Fitzpatrick to blaze open the Oregon Trail in 1836. 

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      Until this time, beaver men went over Teton Pass, to the north - then made their winter camp near the present day site of Ogden Utah.