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Mormon Pioneer

Overland Travel

Explore records and data on more than 57,000 pioneers in nearly 400 wagon and handcart companies.

The Trek West

The trail from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the Great Salt Lake Valley was approximately 1,300 miles long and would ultimately lead 70,000 Mormon pioneers to the West.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database

This database is a compilation of names of individuals and families obtained from reliable sources of individuals who immigrated to Utah in 300 wagon and handcart companies between 1847 and 1868.

From the Life of Henry William Nichols, 1861

Humor on the Plains

Henry Nichols recounts a run in he had with a skunk while working as a night guard.

From the Life of Zebulon Jacobs, 24 August 1861

Humor on the Plains

Zebulon Jacobs, a young, out-and-back teamster, writes of a prank played on him and his friends by fellow teamsters of another camp. 

From the Life of John Clark Dowdle, 1866

Humor on the Plains

John C. Dowdle, working as an out-and-back teamster, describes the experience of one particular young woman in his company while she was performing the task regarded as less than pleasant by many of the female emigrants: gathering buffalo chips.

From the Life of William B. Pace, 1850

Humor on the Plains

Though merely 18 years old, by 1850 William was already a veteran on the trail, as this was his third trip across the plains. In his account with the 1850 company, captained by his father, he tells of an experience when he and a friend were caught unawares by a large grizzly bear.

From the Life of Zebulon Jacobs, 24 August 1861

Humor on the Plains

Zebulon Jacobs, a young, out-and-back teamster, writes of what has been called “the only account of a snipe hunt in all of overland trail literature.”  He records a prank played on a naïve English emigrant. 

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