Exploring Mormon Trails Across Iowa

by Chérie Haury-Artz, University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist

Between 1846 and 1869, over 70,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), also called Mormons, made their way across Iowa, westward bound for the Great Salt Lake where they established a permanent home for the church headquarters. The migration occurred in multiple waves, following several routes across Iowa. This westward movement is one of the greatest overland Euroamerican migrations in American history, and has both state and national significance.

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