Prairie Trails Museum

A paved path leads through a grassy lawn to a large red brick building.
Visit the Prairie Trails Museum in Corydon, Iowa.

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Quick Facts
515 E Jefferson St, Corydon, IA 50060
Prairie Trails Museum provides exhibits and information about the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, including an exhibit about William Clayton and his writing of "Come, Come, Ye Saints" at Locus Creek Campsite in 1846. It also provides maps to the campsite, which is about 15 miles southwest of the museum.
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The Prairie Trails Museum features an excellent Mormon Trail exhibit about William Clayton and the Mormon Anthem "Come, Come, Ye Saints." In addition, it provides numerous other exhibits. Of particular note is the exhibit about when the outlaw Jesse James came to town.

Nearby things to do include visiting the area where Locust Creek Campsite is located. This is the place where William Clayton wrote "Come, Come, Ye Saints in 1846. When visiting the museum, inquire about a map and directions to the campsite, which requires traveling on unpaved and unsigned roads.

Locus Creek Campsite History at the Museum
As the Mormon pioneers headed west, the route continued to test the determined travelers. Heavy rains made the roads impassable. For about two weeks in early April, a group of about 300 wagons camped nearby at Locust Creek. Everything they owned was damp and supplies were running low. Warming weather increased their risk of rattlesnake bites and fire.

At Locust Creek, poet and camp clerk William Clayton received good news. He learned that his wife had given birth to a healthy baby boy back in Nauvoo, Illinois. In honor of his son’s arrival, Clayton wrote the lyrics to the Latter-day Saints’ beloved anthem “Come, Come, Ye Saints” (originally titled “All is Well”). This song celebrates their faith and brought joy during the difficult journey.

Site Information

Location (515 E Jefferson St, Corydon, IA 50060)

Available Facilities  
Currently, the museum is open mid-May to mid-October, six days a week (closed on Mondays) and charges a modest admission. Check the Prairie Trail Museum's website for the most up-to-date information when planning your visit.

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Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

Last updated: March 12, 2024