In the footsteps: Trekkers re-enact pioneer handcart journey
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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