1846: Leaving Nauvoo Mormon settlers began their trek westward more than a year before they left from Winter Quarters.
Camps West of the Missouri Saints were anxious to leave Missouri. They created settlements to the west.
Council Bluffs General Area Mormons stopped at Council Bluffs and Winter Quarters in 1846 and 1847 before beginnig the trek across the plains to the Rocky Mountains.
Emmigration to Utah, 1847-1868, Statistics Emigration statistics from 1847-1860, including number of wagon companies, PEF companies, arrival date, and number of persons (estimate).
Garden Grove Established Mormon pioneers built started many settlements.
Genoa, NE, Supply Station and Ferry Boat, Part 2 (Dec 1858-Apr 1859) Joel Hills Johnson presided over this Mormon Way Station for over a year. This part deals with the construction of a ferry boat and problems associated with apostate members.
Genoa, NE, Supply Station and Ferry Boat, Part 3 (1 Apr 1859-20 Jul 1859) Joel Hills Johnson presided over the Mormon Way Station of Genoa, Nebraska, for a year. He had trouble with health and apostate Mormons. A ferry boat was built and ferried numerous emigrants in 1859 (Mormon and non-Mormon), but expenses exceeded revenue. (See other references to Joel Hills Johnson, Genoa, Parts 1 and 2, and his treks of 1857 and 1860).
Genoa, NE, Supply Station, Part 1 (Jun-Dec, 1858) Joel Hills Johnson presided over this Mormon Way Station for over a year. His journal describes the problems associated with its establishment.
Golden Pass Road (Echo Canyon to SLC) Parley P. Pratt opened a toll road in 1849 from Echo Canyon to the valley that by-passed the difficult trail over Big and Little Mountains. It was dubbed "The Golden Pass Road," though it wasn't very golden and not much of a road. It was used most by California-bound gold seekers looking for any short-cut or advantage over other travellers
Mount Pisgah Established Mormon pioneers sometimes were called to settl along the trail to help pioneers who would come along the trail later.
Perpetual Emigration Fund (D.U.P. material) The Perpetual Emigration Fund operated from 1855 to 1887 and became the biggest single benefactor of Mormon immigration.
Perpetual Emigration Fund (Stan Kimball) Mormon pioneers made loans to each other to finance the trip to Utah.
Pioneer Fort (Salt Lake City), 1848, How Life Was Thomas Bullock described life in the Salt Lake Valley in a letter to Levi Richards.
Significant Events in and around the Salt Lake Valley (1776-1846) Significant persons and events in and around the Salt Lake Valley prior to the arrival of the Mormons.
Suggestions for Further Research on the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail Many resources have been published that deal with the Mormon Trail and its related stories.
Western Migration Highlights (1800 - 1869) A few important dates and events in the expansion of the US from the Mississippi River to the Pacific coast
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