The Mormon Pioneers, who were driven from their homes and walked over a 1000 miles on foot through bitter cold and enduring starvation and loss on a daily basis (among many other trials) - ALL FOR THE CAUSE OF FAITH - are absolutely heroes! - Clark Kelley Price "Shall We Not Go on in So Great a Cause"
Interview with Mel Bashore about the Mormon Trail. Mel Bashore has been a librarian at the Church History Library since 1975. He researches historic sites and writes interpretive guides for missionaries who work at the sites. His research and publications have focused particularly on the Mormon Trail, the path across the North American plains traveled by Latter-day Saint pioneers
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail begins at Nauvoo, Illinois. Peck wrote that after the Mormons were “dispersed at Nawveaux” in 1846, many of them “squatted at Kanesville (Council Bluffs) till they could acquire the means to go on to the Mormon settlement (Salt Lake City).” That year they embarked on the best-organized mass migration in American history, and over the next 43 years more than 100,000 Mormons journeyed west into what, at the time, was “a land no one else wanted.”