The Mormon Trail

The Mormon Trail (HMXRT)

Location: Osceola, IA 50213 Clarke County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 0.807', W 93° 47.829'

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The Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois, forced from their homes following the murder of their prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., began their trek across Iowa in 1846 on the way to the Great Salt Lake Valley. From their first permanent campsite on Sugar Creek they travelled across southern Iowa to Winter Quarters, near present-day Omaha. In addition to Sugar Creek, the Mormons also established permanent camps at Garden Grove in Decatur County, Mount Pisgah in Union County, and Kanesville in Pottawattamie County.

While camped by Locust Creek, near Corydon, William Clayton learned of the birth of his son in Nauvoo. On April 15, 1846, to commemorate this joyous event, he wrote the famous hymn "Come, Come, Ye Saints." The hymn became a great rallying song of the Mormons.

In 1846, seven Mormon families became separated from the larger body of migrants. They stopped for the winter in present-day Green Bay Township, Clarke County, and established what was known as "Lost Camp". These families remained in the area until 1854 when they resumed the trek to Utah.
Series This marker is part of the Iowa: State Historical Society of Iowa series, and the Mormon Pioneer Trail series.
Year Placed1976
Placed ByThe Iowa State Historical Department Division of the State Historical Society and the Department of Transportation
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 9:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 432971 N 4540556
Decimal Degrees41.01345000, -93.79715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 0.807', W 93° 47.829'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 0' 48.42" N, 93° 47' 49.74" W
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Area Code(s)641
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1529 Southwest Blvd, Osceola IA 50213, US
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