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Lisco in Garden County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Mormon Pioneer Trail

 
 
The Mormon Pioneer Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
1. The Mormon Pioneer Trail Marker
Inscription. Fleeing heated religious and political hostility and persecution, many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (widely known as Mormons) abruptly fled their homes in Nauvoo, Illinois in February 1846. Unprepared for the cold of winter, these pioneers traveled 265 agonizing miles in four months. Heavy spring rains that year turned the rolling plains of southern Iowa into quagmire of axle-deep mud. Sheer exhaustion and a lack of provisions continually hampered their efforts triggering the decision to stop and winter over near the banks of the Missouri River. In the spring of 1847, after a respite and an opportunity to make better travel plans, 143 men, three women and two boys started across Nebraska for the new Zion on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Following a rough trace blazed by earlier explorers, fur traders and missionaries, this pioneering group began laying out a route to the West that would alter be used by thousands of other Mormons and Forty-niners. These first pioneers established ferries, campsites, bridges and supply depots - improvements that earned the route it's name "The Mormon Trial."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 29.948′ N, 102° 
left Half image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
2. left Half
37.114′ W. Marker is in Lisco, Nebraska, in Garden County. Marker is on U.S. 26. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lisco NE 69148, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Imaginary Characters…. (approx. 2.1 miles away); Narcissa Whitman (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. Notable EventsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Right Half image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
3. Right Half
The Rapture of Spring "Mormon Bluff Ruins" is one of the few Mormon places ... still ... along the Mormon Pioneer Trail. Brigham Young {text unreadable in this image}
I-80 which now overlays the Mormon Trail along the Platte River image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, July 16, 2007
4. I-80 which now overlays the Mormon Trail along the Platte River
Trail route markers image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, July 17, 2007
5. Trail route markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,745 times since then and 87 times this year. Last updated on November 20, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 16, 2007, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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