Pioneer Trek

Story Behind the Art

The 19th-century Mormon migration which began in 1846 in Illinois, then traveled through Iowa and Nebraska and eventually  leading the LDS Pioneers to a place of refuge in the Rocky Mountains, was one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of the United States’ great western migration. Under Brigham Young’s direction, an estimated 70,000 Latter-day Saints made the difficult journey to Utah from 1847 until the transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. Crossing the Platte, Martins Cove, Devil’s Gate, all became legend of this great exodus recorded in hundreds of journal entries to be re lived by their descendents and others in modern day that all might witness the faith and courage that was their  great legacy for all.


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