Mormon Trail

Mormon Trail (HMUDK)

Location: Grand Island, NE 68801 Hall County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 52.991', W 98° 22.478'

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Religious freedom, An American ideal, has on occasion been denied certain sects because of prejudice. Mormons were once persecuted and forced from their homes. The north bank of the Platte River served as the exodus route for thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Driven from Nauvoo, Illinois, Mormon leader Brigham young led the first migration up this valley in 1847 to found the proposed states of Deseret, now Utah.

During the following two decades, thousands more gathered at Winter Quarters on the west bank of the Missouri River near present Florence, Nebraska before beginning the trek across the plains and mountains to their land of Milk and Honey. The journey called for strength and courage, as well as faith, for tragedy often stalked their wagons and handcarts, turning this valley into a Mormon "trail of tears." Hundreds of pioneers lie buried along this trail, most in unmarked graves.

After 1860 the overland trail along the south bank of the river was lined with road ranches and stage stations, but the Mormon Trail had few such conveniences, and the pioneer settlements here in Hall County were almost the last vestiges of civilization until the travelers reached Utah.Hall County Historical Society, Nebraska State Historical Society

Series This marker is part of the Mormon Pioneer Trail series, and the Nebraska: Nebraska State Historical Society series.
Marker Number157
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 1:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 552687 N 4525977
Decimal Degrees40.88318333, -98.37463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 52.991', W 98° 22.478'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 52' 59.46" N, 98° 22' 28.68" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3133 US-34, Grand Island NE 68801, US
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