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1847 Pioneer Trek

In April 1847, a group of Mormon pioneers left Omaha, Nebraska and headed west. Their group consisted of 147 men, three women, and two children. Their journey would cover more than 1,000 miles, and cross the Rocky Mountains. This small group would pave the way for more than 70,000 people to make the same journey. Pioneers would continue to cross the plains for over two decades until the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869.

This reenactment of the 1847 Mormon pioneer trek will take place on Twitter.

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Need help signing up for Twitter? Check out our page here. The “tweets” will take place on the same date as they were recorded back in 1847.¬† By following along, you will get a sense of the trials and adventures these men and women experienced over 150 years ago.

Reenactment Group

Lorenzo
Young
Wilford
Woodruff
Horace
Whitney
John
Tippits
Erastus
Snow
George A.
Smith
Albert
Rockwood
Orson
Pratt
Heber C.
Kimball
Norton
Jacob
Levi
Jackman
John
Higbee
Charles
Harper
Appleton
Harmon
Thomas
Bullock
John
Brown
Millen
Atwood
William
Clayton
Amasa
Lyman

Volunteers

TwHistory would like to thank the volunteers who spent many hours studying trail excerpts compiled from primary source documents and preparing tweets. These historical reenactments would not happen were it not for their hard work and support.

Josi Kilpack
Annette Lyon
Eleanor Jensen
Suzanne Jensen
Seth Johnson
Laurie L. C. Lewis
Callie Ball
Carole Thayne Warburton
Megan Wilcken
Rob Barton
Tom Caswell
Marion Jensen

Sources

Original source material was obtained at: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysources/0,16272,4019-1-1,00.html

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