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Mormon Pioneer Trek

The Mormon Handcart Pioneers

The Mormon part of the great westward expansion of the United States began in 1846 when Brigham Young led a group of Latter-day Saints out of Nauvoo, Illinois, to escape religious persecution. The last 1,000 miles of the overland journey to the Great Salt Lake Valley began from the Saints' winter quarters on the Missouri River in 1847.

Between 1856 and 1860, ten Mormon pioneer emigrating companies tugged handcarts along this 1,300-mile trail. During the latter part of 1856, emigrants in the Willie and Martin handcart companies, and the Hodgett(s) and Hunt wagon companies, were caught in winter snows. This website is devoted to those who traveled during that challenging time, as well as their heroic rescuers.

Both compelling and inspiring, these stories will touch your heart and add to your appreciation of these pioneers. Stories are perfect for those traveling along the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail or for those who just want to understand how these people turned tragedies into triumphs, experienced miracles, strengthened their bonds with one another, and came to know and rely on God. Whether you are going on a pioneer trek or just visiting sites along trail, you'll find plenty of personal accounts in Tell My Story, Too, now in digital format. Inspired artwork by Julie Rogers visualizes many of the stories.

"Settle in and make some new friends. Meet some new heroes and heroines. They're on every page." ~ Andrew D. Olsen (Author - The Price We Paid - Deseret Book 2006)

Pioneer Traveling In 1856

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