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Near Morrill in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Road to Zion

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

 
 
The Road to Zion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
1. The Road to Zion Marker
Captions: (top, right) Many Mormon emigrants wrote diaries to describe their experiences. Appleton Harmon wrote his journal in 1847.; (central illustration) After arriving, the Mormon pioneers set up communities and ferry crossings along the trail to assist later wagon trains going to and from Utah.; (bottom, right) From 1856-60, many European converts walked more than 1,200 miles to Salt Lake City pushing and pulling handcarts loaded with 500 pounds of supplies. After 1860, the Mormon church sponsored oxen-drawn wagons to bring emigrants to the “New Zion.”; (Map of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail on the bottom, left.)
Inscription. 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 U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 58.309′ N, 104° 0.533′ W. Marker is near Morrill, Nebraska, in Scotts Bluff County. Marker is on U.S. 26 near County Route 4, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morrill NE 69358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “The Great Smoke”
The Road to Zion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 22, 2014
2. The Road to Zion Marker
(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); a different marker also named Oregon Trail (approx. 10.4 miles away in Wyoming); Robidoux Pass (approx. 13.5 miles away).
 
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
Mormon Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Legends of America
3. Mormon Trail Map
is the 1,300 mile (2,092 km) route that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveled from 1846 to 1868. Today the Mormon Trail is a part of the United States National Trails System, as the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
(Submitted on December 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, 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 San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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