Mormon Migration (1830-1850)

The establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints changed the dynamics of the area that would eventually become the territory of Utah.  Once the Mormons entered Salt Lake Valley, they quickly established communities throughout all of Utah and surrounding areas.

Mormon Trail (Part 2)

Old emigrant road coming into Chalk Creek from Ft. Bridger. This road crosses Chalk Creek going toward Echo Canyon. This area covers Uinta County and some of Wyoming.

Mormon Trail

This drawing/painting shows a portion of the trail that early Mormon pioneers took. The Mormon Trail spans from Illinois to Utah.

Brigham Young

Brigham Young (June 1, 1801 – August 29, 1877) was an American religious leader, politician, and colonizer. He was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death in 1877. He founded Salt Lake City and served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also led the founding of the precursors to the University of Utah and Brigham … Continue reading Brigham Young

Emigrants Guide to Oregon & California (1845)

Frontpiece from book entitled The Emigrants Guide to Oregon & California, 1845.

Mormon Colonization

During the 1860’s. Church Historian’s Office has this picture entitled: Wagon train assembled (or camped) in the area of Coalville, UT. A number of communities sprang up along the road: some were supply stations for the bands of travelers, and others were permanent settlements of farmers anxious to try agriculture in the Great Basin. The … Continue reading Mormon Colonization

Pioneers and Covered Wagons (Part 2)

The rugged terrain in the Rocky Mountains made it hard for the wagons to cross. Fortunately, the lighter weight of the prairie schooners made it easier to navigate the steep mountains. Life on the trail was hard, and most people traveled in groups. They would combine their wagons to form wagon trains, this way they … Continue reading Pioneers and Covered Wagons (Part 2)

Pioneers and Covered Wagons

The most common type of pioneer wagon was the “prairie schooner.” These were emigrant wagons. Prairie Schooners were larger and used for shorter distances, and to haul freight as they could carry heavier loads. Some of the emigrant wagons were modified farm wagons that the pioneers already had while other pioneers had to purchase new … Continue reading Pioneers and Covered Wagons

Pioneers of 1847 (Pioneer Day)

Completing a treacherous thousand-mile exodus, an ill and exhausted Brigham Young and fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints arrived in Utah’s Great Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. The Mormon pioneers viewed their arrival as the founding of a Mormon homeland, hence Pioneer Day. The Mormons, as they were commonly … Continue reading Pioneers of 1847 (Pioneer Day)

Mormon Island State Recreation Area

Mormon Island State Recreation Area is located near Grand Island, Nebraska. It commemorates the great Mormon migration to the west. Pioneers such as George Miller ventured this way as early as 1846. The Pioneer Company, led by President Brigham Young, came through Grand Island in 1847. Thousands more Saints would come over the next few … Continue reading Mormon Island State Recreation Area