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The Mormon Trail ~ Centerville, IA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 40° 43.945 W 092° 52.460
15T E 510611 N 4509061
Quick Description: The early, lower trail ran through this area.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 5:49:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMMW2J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cosninocanines
Views: 1

Long Description:

Marker Erected by: Appanoosa County Historical Society
Location of Marker: Maple St. (IA-2) & Main St., county history museum (old post office), Centerville
County of Marker: Appanoosa County
Marker Text:
Thousands of Mormons migrated westward across southern Iowa between 1846 and 1852 to seek a new home in the west. They left their beautiful city of Nauvoo, Illinois and crossed the Mississippi River in February. By March 21 the Pioneer group of 500 wagons, led by Brigham Young, had reached Appanoose County. They were forced to remain in their camp on the bank of the Chariton River for 10 days because of the severe rain and mud. Brigham Young took the opportunity to re-organize the camp into groups of 100's and 10's for a more orderly caravan. Finally the vast caravan was able to move out on the first of April, but severe storms continued to slow their progress.

Brigham Young sent word back that all the Mormons still behind should avoid crossing the Chariton River and find a new route to the north. For the next six years vast numbers went through Unionville, Moravia, and Iconium on the north route of the Mormon Trail.

Some remained for a time in the area east of Moravia to raise some crops to help those still to follow. In 1849 a route was found to cross the river at present day Bridgeview, leading directly westward to Garden Grove.

"Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the route 70,000 Mormons traveled from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution. The Pioneer Company of 1846-1847 established the first route from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles." ~ National Park Service, Department of the Interior

Road of Trail Name: The Mormon Trail

State: Iowa

County: Appanoose County

Historical Significance:
Explore the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail across five states to see the route 70,000 Mormons traveled from 1846 to 1869 to escape religious persecution. The Pioneer Company of 1846-1847 established the first route from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles.


Years in use: 1846 thru 1869

How you discovered it:
I was in Centerville, Iowa, in search or any and all historical markers and found this one


Book on Wagon Road or Trial:
The Mormon Pioneer Trail Across Iowa in 1846. Prepared by. National Park Service. National Trails System. Wend Your Way: A Guide To Sites Along The Iowa Mormon Trail (Bur Oak Guide) by L. Matthew Chatterley (Author), Susan Easton Black (Foreword) Paperback - Feb., 2000


Website Explination:
http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/upload/IA_MOPI_Web_ATG01_07.pdf


Why?:
The Mormon Religion was prejudiced against by people in the east, it first the came to Missouri and Illinois for safety and freedom to practice their religious beliefs. But eventually, even here, the other citizens took offense and drove them out, so the Mormons migrated yet again in search of an area they could find religious freedom.


Directions:
Maple St. (IA-2) & Main St., county history museum (old post office), Centerville, IA 52544


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