Near Morrill in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Road to Zion
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
From the late 1840s through the 1860s, an exodus of more than 70,000 Mormons passed by here on their way to their “New Zion” in Utah. Starting from Nauvoo, Illinois in February 1846, the first group of at least 13,000 Mormons crossed into Iowa to escape religious persecution, then spent the next winter in the area of present-day Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1847, Brigham Young led an advance party of 143 men and 2 women, and 3 children along the Platte River. At Fort Bridger, Wyoming they departed from the Oregon Trail to head southwest to the Great Salt Lake. Thousands of other Mormons soon followed. Today, a marked 1,624-mile auto tour closely parallels their historic trek.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1846.
Location. 41° 58.309′ N, 104° 0.533′ W. Marker is near Morrill, Nebraska, in Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morrill NE 69358, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Great Smoke” (within shouting distance of this marker); Oregon Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named The Oregon Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away in Wyoming); Stuart’s 1812-13 Astorian Party Campsite (approx. 6.6 miles away in Wyoming); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 10.2 miles away in Wyoming); Cold Springs (approx. 10.2 miles away in Wyoming); Empire, Wyoming: African American Community Building in the West (approx. 10.4 miles away in Wyoming); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 10.4 miles away in Wyoming).
More about this marker. This marker is approximately one mile west of Morrill.
Regarding The Road to Zion. This marker is a part of the National Historic Trails system placed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Consult the Nebraska and Northeastern Colorado Auto Tour Route Interpretive Guide.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Mormon Trail - Wikepdia. The Mormon Trail or Mormon Pioneer Trail is the 1,300 mile (2,092 km) route that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Submitted on December 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
2. Mormon Trail - Legends of America. The Mormons used many trails in crossing the Plains and through the Rockies to their haven by the inland salty sea. The States of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming were gutted and rutted with many different trails of wheel-marks made by their caravans when the first settlers came to present-day Utah. (Submitted on December 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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