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.
Viewing and Following the Reenactment
IMPORTANT: To follow the reenactment using your Twitter account, you must be logged into Twitter.com. Once you are logged in, come back to this page and follow everybody using the link below:
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.
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.
Laurie L. C. Lewis
Carole Thayne Warburton
Original source material was obtained at: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysources/0,16272,4019-1-1,00.html
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