“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Florence in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Winter Quarters

Winter Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, September 8, 2015
1. Winter Quarters Marker
Inscription. Here in 1846 an oppressed people fleeing from a vengeful mob found a haven in the wilderness. Winter Quarters, established under the direction of the Mormon leader Brigham Young, sheltered more than 3,000 people during the winter of 1846-1847. Housed in log cabins, sod houses and dugouts, they lacked adequate provisions. When spring arrived more than six hundred of the faithful lay buried in the cemetery on the hill. Winter Quarters became the administration center of a great religious movement.

In the spring of 1847 a pioneer band left Winter Quarters to cross the Plains to the Great Salt Lake Valley. Thousands of others followed this trail. In 1855, Young was forced to utilize handcarts for transportation. The first company, comprising about five hundred persons, left here on July 17 and reached the Valley on September 26, 1856.

The town of Florence, established in 1854 was built upon the site of Winter Quarters. James C. Mitchell and Associates of the Florence Land Company established a thriving community. The Bank of Florence, built in 1856, stands today as a symbol of our historical past.
Erected by Florence Historical Foundation & Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 19.)
Marker series. This marker is included in

Winter Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, September 8, 2015
2. Winter Quarters Marker
the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 20.144′ N, 95° 57.625′ W. Marker is in Florence, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of 30th Street and Mormon Street, on the left when traveling north on 30th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68112, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bank of Florence (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge (about 600 feet away); From Indian Lands to the Golden Gate (about 700 feet away); A Little Town That Dreamed of Greatness (about 700 feet away); The Mormon Pioneer Trail (approx. half a mile away); A Meeting House for the Saints (approx. half a mile away); The Florence Mill (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Florence Mill (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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