Mormon Pioneer trail
The Mormon Pioneer Trail went from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah. People used the trail for about twenty-three years! It was a hard trip and many people died of a wide variety of things such as hunger and malaria. Although many died, many made it to Salt Lake City.When the Saints arrived in the valley they started to build homes and found water supply. Brigham Young didn't get to Salt Lake until July 24, 1847, when Brigham Young declared "This is the Place."
How did they travel?
A drawing of a Handcart.
Covered wagons were mostly too expensive for the immigrants so instead they used handcarts. Handcarts were pulled by hand, instead of by an ox or horse. They walked the long path pushing or pulling these filled with belongings. Along the trail, some pioneers had brought luxury items such as furniture or clothing. Later on the path, most luxury things had to be taken out and left behind because they needed the space for food. The handcarts could carry about 200 pounds.