Fort Laramie National Historic SiteWe cannot afford to purchase wagons and teams as in times past. I am consequently thrown back upon my old plan - to make hand-carts, and let the emigration foot it . . . Brigham Young, 1855 Between 1856 and 1860, nearly 3,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, pulled their earthly possessions in two-wheeled handcarts from Iowa to Utah. Most "Handcart Pioneers" were poor immigrant converts from northern Europe.A typical fully loaded handcart weighed between 300 and 500 pounds. Costing as little as $10 apiece to build, the handcart was considerably cheaper than the $300 to $500 for a wagon and ox team. Only the better-made handcarts had iron-rimmed wheels, causing at least one elder to question their sturdiness. Church President Brigham Young, however, expressed confidence in the venture's success, observing that the emigrants "can come just as quick, if not quicker and much cheaper - can start earlier and escape the prevailing sickness which annually lays so many of our brethren in the dust."
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 536729 N 4672422|
|Decimal Degrees||42.20310000, -104.55508333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 12.186', W 104° 33.305'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 12' 11.16" N, 104° 33' 18.3" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Fort Laramie WY 82212, US|
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