Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
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Commemorates the flight of 70,000 Mormons who sought to escape religious persecution in the mid-1800s.
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,285 contributions
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Oct 2018
If you are interested in learning about the remarkable history of the Mormons' epic 1,300-mile journey across America, from Navuoo, Illinois, to the Salt Lake Valley, to build a new homeland away from unfriendly neighbors who questioned their religion and way of life, I suggest that you obtain a rare copy of Exodus to Greatness, The Story of the Mormon Migration, written by Preston Nibley and published by Deseret News Press in 1947. All of his information came from the original documents pertaining to the great migration of the Latter-Day Saints which are housed in the Church Historian's Library in Salt Lake City, a diary of what happened from 1842 when prophet and founder Joseph Smith conceived the idea of a westward migration to the day in 1847 when Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. It is a page-turner, a wonderful read, historical and educational. The Mormon Trail is the 1,300-mile route that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints traveled from 1846 to 1868. Today, it is part of the U.S. National Trails System, known as the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. It extends from Nauvoo, Illinois, which was the principal settlement of the Latter-Day Saints from 1839 to 1846, to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, which was settled by Brigham Young and his followers beginning in 1847. From Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Fort Bridger in Wyoming, the trail follows much the same route as the Oregon Trail and the California Trail, collectively known as the Emigrant Trail. It was used for more than 20 years, until the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. In the wake of their epic journey, the Latter-Day Saints emerged as one of the principal forces behind the settlement of the American West. Landmarks along the Mormon Trail include: Sugar Creek, Iowa, seven miles west of Nauvoo, the staging area where 500 wagons and 2,500 refugees started on their westward trek across Iowa on March 1, 1846; Garden Grove, Iowa, 128 miles west of Nauvoo, the location of their first semi-permanent settlement, which still exists today; Winter Quarters, near Omaha, Nebraska, 266 miles west of Nauvoo, on the west side of the Missouri River, where they built 700 dwellings and where an estimated 3,500 people spent the winter of 1846-47; Chimney Rock, 718 miles west of Nauvoo, perhaps the most significant landmark on the Mormon Trail, upon which many refugees carved their names or sketched or painted it in their journals; Independence Rock in Wyoming, 965 miles west of Nauvoo, one of the Mormon Trail's best known and most anticipated landmarks, where many refugees carved their names on the rock with many carvings still visible today; South Pass, 1,065 miles west of Nauvoo, one of the most important landmarks on the Mormon Trail, a 20-mile-wide pass over the Continental Divide which is located between the modern towns of Atlantic City and Farnum in Wyoming at an elevation of 7,550 feet, near Pacific Springs, which received its name because its waters run into the Pacific Ocean; and Salt Lake Valley, 1,297 miles west of Nauvoo, where they not only settled the Great Salt Lake Valley and founded Salt Lake City but also settled and founded more than 600 communities from Canada to Mexico. Even if you aren't a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which we aren't, it's an important chapter of American history that makes for fascinating reading.
Written 16 October 2018
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Brooke Hinkle
New York800 contributions
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July 2016 • Family
If you visit the Mormon Chapel in Salt Lake City at night time, you will be in awe of its illumination and beauty. It is a must see if you take a journey to Salt Lake City.
Written 11 July 2016
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mini
Fremont, CA205,306 contributions
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June 2016 • Couples
We have visited numerous historical sites on the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, This time we saw some sites in Salt Lake City and Park City.

The trail when used went across 5 states.

70,000 Mormons traveled the trail from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution.
Written 30 June 2016
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Susie987
Sydney, Australia37 contributions
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Feb 2013 • Solo
In Salt Lake City the Mormon Tabernacle and related buildings take up 2 city blocks and is well worth a visit. Amongst the attractions is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir which you can see in action or go to a rehearsal on Friday evening about 7 p.m.

An excellent way to start your visit is to have an early lunch in the restaurant at the top of the former hotel building and enjoy the beautiful ground floor of this former hotel which was donated to the church.

There is also another building housing the Geneology facility, with a number of computers where you can research your family history. Remember to take some details with you from home. I found you must be very specific with birth dates and places to have any success.

Whilst walking around the lovely grounds you will encounter pairs of young women walking around looking for a visitor to help. These young women are there from many countries to learn about the Mormon religion. After their set time there, they go back to their countries to spread the word. I met a young woman who was from Greenland, and learnt the population of that country is about 50,000.

Only Mormons are allowed inside the church building.

I was there in February, so perhaps there weren't so many visitors as there would be in summer. It must be beautiful at Christmas, with the many trees filled with fairy lights. The day I was there there seemed to be people up ladders throughout the whole complex taking the fairy lights down.

The grounds and buildings, inside and out are all beautifully kept and furnished. Highly worth a visit.

Unfortunately there are no photos as the cold weather marred the ones I took.
Written 3 September 2013
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Peter E
Newport Beach, CA35 contributions
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July 2013 • Family
There is a historic hiking trail located behind Jeremy Ranch Golf Course up near Park City. The trail has several monuments that document the history of the use of trail as a Pony Express site, Mormon Pioneer Trail and even the Donner Party.

The parking lot has bathrooms, and picnic benches which is perfect to have a nice picnic after or before your hike. This trail has a running river and you can make this a long hike or a nice easy hike up into the hills with many shaded areas and feel like you are away from it all.

The hike from East Canyon to the Big Mountain summit is 4.4miles and is classified as intermediate per mountain trails org. We did not go all the way to the top and we hiked leisurely a hour up the canyon. It was easy but their was no running water coming down and we found a few small ponds which the dogs enjoyed. If early in Spring and water is flowing this might be harder than what we encountered.

Lots of pretty flowers and trees, and a few ramps for bikers to get over some fallen trees and or through the marshy areas. Signs indicated wildlife area, but we sadly only saw lots of birds and no deer or moose.

You access the trail head by taking Jeremy Ranch Road and turning onto a dirt road called East Canyon, and you have to drive about 4.5 miles to the trail head. Exit Pinebrook Blvd off the 80. Trail head is past the sign that says Morgan County and a farm like building on the left side. Very pretty drive with pastures, and a river on the left hand side. Good family hike site and was very dog friendly.
Written 9 July 2013
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Genevieve G
Salt Lake City, UT44 contributions
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Have stopped at many monuments to read the history of the Mormon Pioneers. Great to have them.
Written 17 April 2012
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