“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Overland to Zion

Overland to Zion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
1. Overland to Zion Marker
Inscription. The emigration of Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-dat Saints) converts to Utah is a fascinating chapter of the overall American westering experience of the 19th century. In search of religious freedom and an end to persecution, Mormon groups traveled to Utah. The Mormon wagon trains were highly organized compared to other west-bound emigrants.
Led by Brigham Young, the first group of Latter-day Saints (160 people, livestock, and 77 wagons_ arrived on the east bank of the Green River on Wednesday, June 30, 1847.
William Clayton described the scene.
"... At 11:30 we arrived on the banks of the Green River, having traveled eight miles and formed our encampment in a line under the shade of the cottonwood timber. This river is about sixteen to eighteen rods wide (297 feet) and altogether too deep to be forded. The banks are well lined with cottonwood but none large enough to make a canoe..."
Amidst bad weather and hordes of mosquitoes, the men worked three days chopping down trees, building two rafts, and floating the wagons across the Green. By Saturday, July 3rd the party was across the river. Three weeks later on July 24th, Brigham Young arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake and the pioneers began a new life.
By 1869, when the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad ushered in a new
Overland to Zion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2015
2. Overland to Zion Marker
This marker is on the left.
era of transportation, about 68,000 Mormons had traveled the overland route to Utah.
Erected by Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior and Rock Springs Wyoming Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 52.812′ N, 109° 48.461′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28 at milepost 102 near State Highway 372, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farson WY 82932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. One Day at a Time (here, next to this marker); The Lombard Ferry (here, next to this marker); Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (here, next to this marker); Crossing the Green River (a few steps from this marker); Ferrying Across the Green River (within shouting distance of this marker); "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants (approx. 12 miles away); Burial on the Trail (approx. 12 miles away); Death on the Trail (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farson.
More about this marker. This marker is found at a viewing area in Seedsskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The viewing area is located downstream (south) of west end of the bridge over the Green River.
Additional keywords. Mormons
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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