The Mormon Pioneer Trail

The Mormon Pioneer Trail (HM1VJ)

Location: Lisco, NE 69148 Garden County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 29.948', W 102° 37.114'

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Fleeing heated religious and political hostility and persecution, many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (widely known as Mormons) abruptly fled their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois in February 1846. Unprepared for the cold of winter, these pioneers traveled 265 agonizing miles in four months. Heavy spring rains that year turned the rolling plains of southern Iowa into quagmire of axle-deep mud. Sheer exhaustion and a lack of provisions continually hampered their efforts triggering the decision to stop and winter over near the banks of the Missouri River. In the spring of 1847, after a respite and an opportunity to make better travel plans, 143 men, three women and two boys started across Nebraska for the new Zion on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Following a rough trace blazed by earlier explorers, fur traders and missionaries, this pioneering group began laying out a route to the West that would alter be used by thousands of other Mormons and Forty-niners. These first pioneers established ferries, campsites, bridges and supply depots - improvements that earned the route it's name "The Mormon Trial."
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HM NumberHM1VJ
Series This marker is part of the Mormon Pioneer Trail series
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:29am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 698770 N 4596905
Decimal Degrees41.49913333, -102.61856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 29.948', W 102° 37.114'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 29' 56.88" N, 102° 37' 6.84" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5735 US-26 Scenic, Lisco NE 69148, US
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