The Mormon Trail

The Mormon Trail (HMY9P)

Location: Ogallala, NE 69153 Keith County
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N 41° 7.541', W 101° 43.228'

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Mormons traveled the Great Platte River Road to fulfill a religious mission. In the 1840s members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.(Mormons) moved westward to escape religious persecution. Beginning in 1847 they crossed the Plains to establish their New Zion in Utah's Salt Lake Valley. To avoid contact with those who did not share their faith, the earliest Mormon emigrants followed the north bank of the Platte, which is often called the Mormon Trail. By the 1850's and 1860s, however, non-Mormons were also using the north bank route, while many Mormons followed trails south of the Platte.

Some of the Mormon emigrants used handcarts to carry their belongings, enabling poorer converts to make the journey west. Some handcart pioneers died on the trail from starvation or cold when they left too late in the season. In all, more than 70,000 Mormons went west on the Great Platte River Road.

HM NumberHMY9P
Series This marker is part of the Mormon Pioneer Trail series
Marker Number5
Placed ByOgallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 5:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 271628 N 4556276
Decimal Degrees41.12568333, -101.72046667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 7.541', W 101° 43.228'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 7' 32.46" N, 101° 43' 13.68" W
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Area Code(s)308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-250 W A St, Ogallala NE 69153, US
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