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Mormon Handcart Site

Iowa City, IA
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Ranked #9 of 12 Attractions in Iowa City
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Description: At this site in the mid-19th century, Mormons prepared for the trip to Salt Lake City.
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Dallas, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

While sitting in our hotel room, my mother came across this trail. The trail is not that long, but it is still nice. The nature in the area is pretty and there are plenty of signs to show you the importance of the little trail. If you are Mormon, this trail may have some significance to you.

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Iowa City, IA
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Not the easiest place to find, but very interesting if you get there. There is a nice informational stand at the beginning, and maybe one or two other information posts along the way. The path follows the Mormon Trek trail and points out where they camped along the way. A nice pilgrimage for Mormons.

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Cody, Wyoming
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

To me, this place was very meaningful, as I had ancestors who actually camped in this location on their handcart trek west. For that, I'd give it the highest rating. For the average person who isn't interested in Mormon Pioneers, it may just be average. We found this place quite on accident while looking for the nearest Dairy Queen in... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This short trail leads to another Univ of Iowa extension trail which continues along the creekside trail amongst the trees on the SW corner of Hgwy 6 and Morman Trek Blvd. Markers and signs educate walkers as to this historic trail. Small parking area.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is right on an excellent bike bath. I stopped one time after riding past in many times. There is not much there but it does make you wonder about the incredible journey that occurred on this same path so many years ago. If you are driving down I-80 and need a place to get out and walk a bit... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

In itself, it is just a nature walk but the story of what the Mormons were trying to do with handcarts across the prairie, eventually to Utah is definitely something to contemplate in this natural setting.

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Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
65 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

Not a bad place for a walk but there is not much to see here and nothing to do. A plaque with the history on it. Around the area are some trails that you walk or bike on.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2011

I'm a Mormon, and I was surprised how much I could learn about the pioneers! This is a really great place! Everyone should go there!

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