• Martin's Cove at Devil's Gate in Wyoming

    Mormon Pioneer

    National Historic Trail IL,IA,NE,UT,WY

An American Exodus

Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the route 70,000 Mormons traveled from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution. The Pioneer Company of 1846-1847 established the first route from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles.

Did You Know?

The Mormon Handcart Center at Martin's Cove near Casper, WY.

The Martin Handcart Company of 1856 was caught in a late October snow storm at this location. Rescue wagons from Salt Lake City brought food and clothing. The company continued its trek to a temporary refuge at the cove, but some 150 emigrants died in the freezing cold and blizzard conditions. More...