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Grand Island in Hall County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Mormon Trail

Mormon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
1. Mormon Trail Marker
Inscription.  Religious freedom, An American ideal, has on occasion been denied certain sects because of prejudice. Mormons were once persecuted and forced from their homes. The north bank of the Platte River served as the exodus route for thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Driven from Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormon leader Brigham young led the first migration up this valley in 1847 to found the proposed states of Deseret, now Utah.

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

Mormon Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, June 29, 2011
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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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail, and the Nebraska State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
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. Marker located on outside of the circle at The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Island NE 68801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); The Pawnee: Prairie Town Builders, Pawnee History (about 700 feet away); Earth Lodge Design and Construction (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 834 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 28, 2022