The Mormons

The Mormons (HM1Q51)

Location: Casper, WY 82604 Natrona County
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N 42° 50.173', W 106° 22.316'

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Brigham Young led the first group of Mormons west from winter quarters in Nebraska in 1847, finally settling in the Salt Lake Valley. When these pioneers crossed the river here, they left nine men to operate a ferry. This ferry served fellow Mormons as well as Oregon and California bound emigrants and provided much needed money and supplies for the settlements in Utah.

In October of 1856 Natrona County's greatest tragedy began at what is now Bessemer Bend and continued to Martin's cove near Devil's Gate. The sixth Mormon Handcart Company, under Captain Edward Martin, struggled through an early Wyoming blizzard. Over 135 persons perished in this 50 mile stretch.

Of handcart travel, Chislett's narrative states, "Many a father pulled his cart, with his little children on it, until the day preceding his death. I have seen some pull their carts in the morning, give out during the day, and die before the next morning."
HM NumberHM1Q51
Placed ByNatrona County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at 9:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 387878 N 4743539
Decimal Degrees42.83621667, -106.37193333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 50.173', W 106° 22.316'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 50' 10.38" N, 106° 22' 18.96" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16-20 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper WY 82604, US
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