There was another trail. That followed by the Mormons (Mormon Trail). It had some commonality with the Oregon Trail, however the mode of travel was somewhat different after the earlier trips. Putting together proper supplies for the trip required funds.
There were many who wanted to go west, yet they could not afford to do it in the normal manner. So, they went on foot, pulling hand carts: Mormon handcart pioneers.
While researching the western flow, I ran across a book that provides information about those who took the journey. There is genealogical information; plus, their arrival and with what company is noted. Each year, people formed groups that traveled together.
- Esshom, Frank (1912) Pioneers and prominent men of Utah (this points to Vol 2)
- Esshom, Frank (1913) Pioneers ... with Photographs, Genealogies, Biographies
There were many New England families, such as Herber Chase Kimball. Herber was the grandfather of Spencer W. Kimball (LDS President 1973-1985).
The launching point for this moving over land was western Illinois. There were many New England families that were involved in the development of this and surrounding states. We will look at some interesting aspects of that.
Meanwhile, some links to further material.
- State of Iowa - The Place of Mormon Handcart Companies in America's Westward Migration Story
- LDS - They Came by Handcart
- Historynet - Mormon Handcart Horrors
- FamilySearch - Handcart Pioneers
- BYU - Book Review
- Denver Post - Review of Devil's Gate
Remarks: Modified: 10/15/2016