Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Martin's Cove Plaque

Martin's Cove Plaque

CAPTAIN EDWARD MARTIN’S HANDCART COMPANY OF MORMON EMIGRANTS, INCLUDING AGED PEOPLE AND CHILDREN, FROM EUROPE WERE RESCUED HERE IN PERISHING CONDITION ON ABOUT NOVEMBER 12, 1856.  DELAYED IN STARTING AND HAMPERED BY INFERIOR CARTS, THEY WERE OVERTAKEN BY AN EARLY WINTER STORM.  INSUFFICIENT FOOD AND CLOTHING ALONG WITH SEVERE WEATHER, CAUSED 56 DEATHS IN THIS COVE.  WITHOUT THE COURAGEOUS EFFORTS OF RESCUERS FORM THE SALT LAKE VALLEY ALL 576 MEMBERS OF THE MARTIN HANDCART COMPANY AND 500 MEMBER OF THE WILLIE HANDCART COMPANY, WHICH WERE ALSO STRANDED IN THE SAME CONDITION APPROXIMATELY 70 MILES TO THE WEST, WOULD HAVE PROBABLY PERISHED.  THIS MONUMENT IS CONSTRUCTED TO THE MEMORY OF BOTH THOSE COURAGEOUS PIONEERS OF THE HANDCART COMPANIES AND TO THE BRAVE MEN WHO RESCUED THEM.

CONSTRUCTED BY THE RIVERTON WYOMING STAKE, AUGUST 15, 1992  THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS

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