Iowa West Foundation grant will fund Mormon Trail project
Project spans across Iowa, includes portions of Jasper County
More than a century ago, Mormons based in Nauvoo, Ill., trekked to a place they called “Zion,” in Utah.
The wealthiest among them traveled in horse-drawn wagons, like many pioneers traveling west at the time, along what is now called the Mormon Pioneer Trail. The rest hauled their earthly possessions in handcarts, walking on foot across Iowa along a path known as the Mormon Handcart Trail.
Both paths are fairly well known, thanks to pioneer journals and the Church of Latter Day Saints’ desire to document its own history. But, there are historic sites along the trail in Iowa that have not yet been properly identified, and no efforts have been made to preserve them.
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