All the pioneers suffered greatly when coming to Utah

False, but they didn’t have any fast food or iPods so I guess that is suffering

pioneers1The trek of approximately 1,032 miles and 111 days that pioneers took was not one never-ending suffering trip. In fact, for most it was just a big adventure. It is estimated that around 70,000 pioneers came to Utah between 1847 and the completion of the railroad in 1869. It is also estimated that 6,000 died along the trail from exhaustion, exposure, disease and lack of food. Few were killed by Indian attacks.

Sources: “111 Days to Zion,” by Hal Knight and Dr. Stanley B. Kimball; Deseret News archives;; “The History of Emigration Canyon,” The National Park Service; Mel Bashore and Chad Orton of the LDS Church History Library.

All pioneers suffered

2 thoughts on “All pioneers suffered

  • August 20, 2018 at 6:53 am

    An almost 1 in 10 chance of death? Yeah, sounds like a blast!

    • June 15, 2019 at 7:36 am

      I know this is old but I’d like to point out that it’s not true. The majority of pioneers came in companies that had a less than 3% death rate when the national average was somewhere over 2%. It wasn’t much riskier to come across than to stay in the frontier.

      If you were poor and came across with one of the handcarts Brigham Young designed had built and sold your chances of death went way up.


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