Scottsbluff in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Road to Zion
From the late 1840s through the 1860s, an exodus of more than 70,000 Mormons passed by here on their way to their “New Zion” in Utah. Starting from Nauvoo, Illinois in February 1846, the first group of at least 13,000 Mormons crossed into Iowa to escape religious persecution, then spent the next winter in the area of present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1847, Brigham Young led an advance party of 143 men, 2 women, and 3 children along the Platte River. At Fort Bridger, Wyoming they departed from the Oregon Trail to head southwest to the Great Salt Lake. Thousands of other Mormons soon followed. Today, a marked 1,624-mile auto tour route closely parallels their historic trek.
Erected by Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
Location. 41° 50.595′ N, 103° 37.032′ W. Marker is in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker is at the intersection of S Beltline Hwy E and U.S. 26, on the right when traveling north on S Beltline Hwy E. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scottsbluff NE 69361, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Grand & Splendid Formation (here, next to this marker); Winters Rebecca Winters (a few steps from this marker); Saddle Rock Trail (approx. 4.2 miles away); Eroding Landmark (approx. 4.2 miles away); The River Route (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Way West (approx. 4.2 miles away); Scotts Bluff (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Scottsbluff.
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