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Trekkers from the Sioux Falls, S.D., stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints re-enact the journey of the Mormon pioneers who traveled 1,300 miles from Iowa City, Iowa, to Utah.

In the footsteps: Trekkers re-enact pioneer handcart journey

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MARTIN’S COVE, Wyo. — On July 28, 1856, a company of 575 individuals with 145 handcarts and eight wagons departed from Iowa City, Iowa, bound for Salt Lake City, Utah. At the behest of religious leader Brigham Young, these Mormon pioneers were bound for what they referred to as “Zion,” a place where they wouldn’t be persecuted for their beliefs. 


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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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