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

    Mormon Pioneer

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

This Is The Place Heritage Park

This is the Place Heritage Park - Salt Lake City, Utah

On July 24, 1847, Wilford Woodruff came out of the mouth of Emigration Canyon, "in full view of the great valley or Bason [of] the Salt Lake and land of promise held in reserve by the hand of GOD for a resting place for the Saints upon which a portion of the Zion of God will be built. We gazed in wonder and admiration upon the vast rich fertile valley. . . . Our hearts were surely made glad after a Hard Journey from Winter Quarters."

In 1947, to commemorate the centennial of the arrival of the Mormon Pioneer Company in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, a massive memorial was designed by Mahonri M. Young and constructed on this site. 60 feet high and 84 feet wide, it features 15 plaques and many statues and bas-reliefs honoring the Mormon Pioneers, American Indians and others who explored the Great Basin.

There is a visitor center and a reconstructed pioneer village on this 500-acre park. Extensive visitor facilities and living history programs are operated by the non-profit foundation that manages the site.

This Is The Place State Park
2601 Sunnyside Avenue
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-1453
Map image of the auto tour route driving directions for the Mormon Pioneer NHT into Utah.
Map image of the auto tour route driving directions for the Mormon Pioneer NHT into Utah.
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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...