Many members of the Martin handcart company died in Martin’s Cove, but many more were rescued. Today people visit the cove as a place of reverence, remembrance, and gratitude.
As you immerse yourself in this visually rich presentation, ponder reasons why Mormon pioneers left their homelands, traversed rugged trails, and helped those in need.
Explore places of education and inspiration at or near Martin’s Cove.
Expand your understanding of the struggles, triumphs, and lasting influence of the Latter-day Saints who pushed and pulled handcarts to the Salt Lake Valley.
Watch this short video to see how Latter-day Saints connect with early Mormon pioneers. Why did the pioneers make such great sacrifices? What can we learn from them today?
How much do you know about the rescue of the Willie and Martin handcart companies? Some of the information in this article might surprise you.
See the Sweetwater Valley through the eyes of explorers, soldiers, and pioneers who followed the California, Oregon, and Mormon Trails in the early 1800s.
Learn about a little-known fort that played a significant role in the rescue of the Martin handcart company and the Hunt and Hodgetts wagon companies.
Take a tour of Sun Ranch, a national historic landmark near Martin’s Cove. Learn about life on a family-owned ranch in the 1870s.
Read inspiring accounts of women in Utah who were just as heroic as the rescuers who left home to save the stranded Mormon pioneers.
Learn about different sites in Wyoming and why they were significant for the Latter-day Saint pioneers who pushed and pulled handcarts.
Study this time line to see the differences and similarities between the rescues of the Willie handcart company, the Martin handcart company, and the Hodgetts and Hunt wagon companies.
Discover insights about the day-to-day experiences of Mormon pioneers as you examine a painting by C. C. A. Christensen, a member of one of the handcart companies.
Read about Kirsten Ericksen, a pioneer from Denmark who pulled a handcart to the Salt Lake Valley. She told of the challenges she faced and the blessings she received.
Learn about the trail used by Latter-day Saints who traveled to Utah Territory between 1847 and 1869.
Examine major events of migration that took place between 1805 and 1869 in what is now the western United States of America.