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

    Mormon Pioneer

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

Links & Resources

For additional resources and information on the history of the Mormon Pioneer Trail, locating trail sites, contacting site managers, or information about local travel and tourism you will find the following list of links and resources very helpful.
 
 

Other Federal Agencies

  • Bureau of Land Management: Historic Trails Office
    Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) primary information office for the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express National Historic Trails is the Historic Trails Office. It has a wealth of information on trail routes, historic sites, accessibility and trail conditions.
 

Sites affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Church History Department
    The Historical Department Library has an outstanding archives and library of LDS Church and Mormon Trail related documents.
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    50 E. North Temple
    Salt Lake City, UT 84150
    801-240-2745
  • Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters
    The Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters has several landmarks and monuments, including the Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, Winter Quarters Monument, Mormon Mill and a visitor center which tells the history of the Mormon Pioneers.
  • Museum of Church History and Art
    The Museum of Church History and Art has a museum which contains many original works of art and artifacts related to the Mormon Trail and early Utah settlement.
    45 North West Temple Street
    Salt Lake City, UT 84150
    801-240-4615
 

State Historical Organizations

  • Fort Bridger State Historic Site
    Fort Bridger State Historic Site has a restored military and fur trade post, museum and outdoor exhibits. It also has information on Oregon, California, Pony Express, and Mormon Trails in southwest Wyoming.
  • Utah Division of Parks & Recreation
    The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has information on the Mormon Trail in Utah, especially the hiking segment between Mormon Flat and Big Mountain.
 

Private Museums and Partner Associations

  • The Mormon Trails Association (MTA) is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] association dedicated to promoting communication among private and public agencies and individuals interested in Mormon trails, identifying and preserving Mormon historical sites, including trails and locations where historical events occurred, and promoting trail etiquette.
  • Iowa Mormon Trails Association
    The Iowa Mormon Trails Association is a cooperating association which promotes and develops the Mormon Trail corridor across Iowa.
  • Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
    The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers has a museum and archives containing many artifacts and documents related to early Utah settlement and the Mormon Trail.
 
 

Relevant Books and Publications of Interest

  • Burton, Sir Richard, F. City of the Saints and Across the Rocky Mountains to California. Niwot: The University Press of Colorado, 1990.
  • Clayton, William W. The Latter Day Saint's Emigrants' Guide. Edited by Stanley B. Kimball. Gerald, MO: The Patrice Press, 1983.
  • Clayton, William W. William Clayton's Journal. Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1921.
  • DeVoto, Bernard. The Year of Decision: 1846. Boston: Little Brown and Company., 1943.
  • Kimball, Stanley B. Historic Sites and Markers Along the Mormon and Other Great Western Trails. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1988.
  • Stegner, Wallace. The Gathering of Zion--The Story of the Mormon Trail. New York, Toronto, London: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1971.

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...