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Florence in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Mormon Pioneer Trail

 
 
The Mormon Pioneer Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, September 8, 2015
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 later 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 its name "The Mormon Trial."

The Pioneers of the Mormon Trail struggled across mid-America crossing the Iowa Prairie, traversing the Great Plains across Nebraska, climbing the backbone of the continental divide at South Pass,

The Mormon Pioneer Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Bosse, September 8, 2015
2. The Mormon Pioneer Trail Marker
The Florence Mill can be seen in the background.
Wyoming and descending the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the Great Salt Lake Valley of Utah.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 20.551′ N, 95° 57.735′ W. Marker is in Florence, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on North 30th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Meeting House for the Saints (here, next to this marker); The Florence Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Florence Mill (about 400 feet away); The Road to Zion (about 400 feet away); From Indian Lands to the Golden Gate (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Little Town That Dreamed of Greatness (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bank of Florence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 62 times this year. Last updated on November 14, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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