Painting of settlers camping on the Oregon Trail by Albert Bierstadt
After finding South Pass through the
Rocky Mountains, Thomas Fitzpatrick crossed over the entered the
Green river valley. There, he and his men made a 'fine catch'
of beaver in this virgin field, then doubled back across the
divide, once again, at South Pass.
Fitzpatrick made his way back to the
Missouri with his good news. He traveled by way of the
Sweetwater and the North Platte rivers, thus opening the route that
he was to make famous, twelve years later, as the Oregon Trail.