During the following two decades, thousands more gathered at Winter Quarters on the west bank of the Missouri River near present Florence, Nebraska before beginning the trek across the plains and mountains to their land of Milk and Honey. The journey called for strength and courage, as well as faith, for tragedy often stalked their wagons and handcarts, turning this valley into a Mormon “trail of tears.” Hundreds of pioneers lie buried along this trail, most in unmarked graves.
After 1860 the overland trail along the south bank of the river was lined with road ranches and stage stations, but the Mormon Trail had few such conveniences, and the pioneer settlements here in Hall County were almost the last vestiges of civilization until the travelers reached Utah.
Hall County Historical Society, Nebraska State Historical Society (Marker Number 157.)
Location. 40° 52.991′ N, 98° 22.478′ W. Marker is in Grand Island, Nebraska, in Hall County. Marker is at the intersection of Tech Drive and U.S. 34 on Tech Drive. Touch for map. Marker located on outside of the circle at The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Island NE 68801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old California Overland Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earth Lodge Design and Construction (about 700 feet away); The Pawnee: Prairie Town Builders, Pawnee History (about 700 feet away); La Grande Isle (approx. 1.4 miles away); Original Home of the Stolley Family (approx. 1½ miles away); Oldest Remaining School House (approx. 1½ miles away); Grand Island Public School Bell (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pioneer Park (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Island.
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