Footsteps to Zion

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1997
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326649
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Title Footsteps to Zion
Description used in past journeys were worn out and the Perpetual Emigration Funds were nearly depleted. President Brigham Young wrote to Franklin D. Richards, President of the Church Mission in England, regarding the emigration plan: We cannot afford wagons and teams, as in the past. I am constantly thrown-back upon my plan to make handcarts and let the emigrants foot it. A great many of them walk now even with teams, which are provided. Without oxen to stray, or to feed, they could travel faster than wagon trains. Further information and instruction was given, and President Richards made plans to have the 1856 emigrants travel across the plains using the handcart method. The Saints in England received the word with joy. They were informed that upon their arrival in America, they were to take the train to Iowa City, where handcarts would be provided. By the first of June, over four hundred emigrants had arrived in Iowa City. They were divided into two groups, one led by Captain Edmund Ellsworth, the other by Captain Daniel D. McArthur. They were provided with handcarts and several ox-drawn wagons to carry tents, provisions and equipment, and departed two days apart, on the ninth and eleventh days of June. Upon their arrival in the valley three and one-half months later, they were greeted by President Young, his counselor Heber C. Kimball, Captain Pitt's Brass Band, and most of the people in Zion. They had encountered the expected difficulties, including several deaths, but rejoiced in accomplishing their goal. A third company departed June 28, under the leadership of Captain Edward Bunker. This was known as the "Welsh Company" because it was composed almost entirely of converts from Wales. Some of that assemblage were members of my paternal grandmother's 58
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326563
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