Handcart

This set is from some of the sculptures I shot while on vacation. This is a sculpture of The Handcart Movement…

Here is a little history on it…………….

The Mormon handcart pioneers were participants in the migration of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the LDS Church) to Salt Lake City, Utah, who used handcarts to transport their belongings. The Mormon handcart movement began in 1856 and lasted until 1860.

Motivated to join their fellow Church members in Utah but lacking funds for full ox or horse teams, nearly 3,000 Mormon pioneers from England, Wales, Scotland and Scandinavia made the journey from Iowa or Nebraska to Utah in ten handcart companies. The trek was disastrous for two of the companies, which started their journey dangerously late and were caught by heavy snow and severe temperatures in central Wyoming. Despite a dramatic rescue effort, more than 210 of the 980 pioneers in these two companies died along the way. John Chislett, a survivor, wrote, "Many a father pulled his cart, with his little children on it, until the day preceding his death.

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    • # Nancy

      Great history!! Wow, if we thought are lives.....#1 and #4 tells all!! Great post:))

      2009.09.15 Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Interesting story....and you captured some great details from this sculpture!

      2009.09.14 Reply Cancel

    • # Kate

      great sculpture and thank you for the information in brought your wonderful images to life :)

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    • # Gonia

      yes, you did well to add story to pictures, in another cae i won't understand the sculpture.thanks Tom.

      2009.09.14 Reply Cancel

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