Columbus in Platte County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Road to Zion
In 1847, Brigham Young led 143 men, 2 women, and 3 children west along the Platte River, then southwest into Utah. By the 1860s, an exodus of more than 70,000 other Mormons followed this trail to their "New Zion." Today, a marked 1,624-mile auto tour route closely parallels their historic trek from the Midwest to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
The Mormon pioneers set up communities and ferry crossings along the trail to assist later wagon trains going to and from Utah. From 1856-60, European converts pushed and pulled handcarts loaded with 500 pounds of supplies to Salt Lake City. After 1860, the Mormon church sponsored oxen-drawn wagons.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail series list.
Location. 41° 25.144′ N, 97° 21.712′ W. Marker is in Columbus Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus NE 68601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commemorating Loup Fork Ferry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew Jackson Higgins (approx. 0.3 miles away); Korean War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Memory of Veterans (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Michael's Catholic Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); United Methodist Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named United Methodist Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bell (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . . Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. (Submitted on March 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.