The 19th-century Mormon migration that started in 1846 was one of the most remarkable episodes in the history of the United States’ great western migration. The Missouri River refuge sites at Winter Quarters and Kanesville are where plans for the trek west were settled, discipleship and loyalty to the Church were tested and the First Presidency was reorganized.
The history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1846 and 1852 is a story of transition and severe hardship, but also triumph. Winter Quarters and Kanesville are critical components of the transition following the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, expulsion from Nauvoo and eventual settlement in the Salt Lake Valley.
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