Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
- Historical Site,
Led by Brigham Young, roughly 70,000 Mormons traveled along the Mormon Trail from 1846 to 1869 in order to escape religious persecution. The Pioneer Company of 1846-1847 established a route from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah, covering about 1,300 miles that would include construction of new ferries and bridges, and the placement of markers for others to follow.
The national historic trail route passes through five states from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah. Those portions of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail authorized by Congress include nearly 1,300 miles of historic trail and resources. There are ten sites along the 1,300 mile route that maintain interpretive facilities or media that will enhance understanding of the trail's history.