Chariton in Lucas County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Mormon Trail
by the Historical Department
of Iowa, 1911.
This monument was erected in 1917
by the Iowa Daughters of the
American Revolution in memory of
the pioneers who followed this
trail and its tributaries.
We cross the prairie as of old
The pilgrims crossed the sea,
To make the west as they the east
The homestead of the free.
Here upon the trail
September 11, 1849 was located
the townsite of Chariton.
Erected 1917 by Iowa Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Historical Department of Iowa.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Mormon Pioneer Trail series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is September 11, 1849.
Location. 41° 0.881′ N, 93° 18.478′ W. Marker is in Chariton, Iowa, in Lucas County. Marker is on Court Avenue (Business U.S. 34) just east of North Main StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 916 Braden Avenue, Chariton IA 50049, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John L. Lewis (approx. 8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Exploring Mormon Trails Across Iowa. Office of the State Archaeologist Publications PDF:
Between 1846 and 1869, over 70,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), also called Mormons, made their way across Iowa, westward bound for the Great Salt Lake where they established a permanent home for the church headquarters. The migration occurred in multiple waves, following several routes across Iowa. This westward movement is one of the greatest overland Euroamerican migrations in American history, and has both state and national significance. (Submitted on July 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Exploring the Mormon Pioneer Trail. Real Archeology website entry (Submitted on December 18, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2. submitted on December 18, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 3. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.