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MormonTimes.Com: Some Myths Accompany Stories of Pioneers’ Arrival

July 23, 2008

By Lynn Arave Deseret News

The Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley 161 years ago. Despite the fact this is one of the most epic events in regional history, there are a lot of myths and fallacies circulating regarding the pioneers and their trek and arrival in the valley.

For example, the travel of the pioneers to Utah — excepting the handcart companies — was likely not as difficult as many perceive it to have been.

“Contrary to myth and popular belief, this 1847 trek of approximately 1,032 miles and 111 days was not one long and unending trail of tears or a trial by fire,” The National Park Service’s “Mormon Pioneer: Historic Resource Study” states.

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