Devil's Gate

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Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy By David Roberts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416539896
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 11th, 2009

In 1856, five separate groups of Mormons set out on the arduous 1,300 mile journey between Iowa City and Salt Lake City. They were only allowed 17 pounds of belongings that were pushed by hand in wooden carts. Two of the groups began the trek too late in the season and were caught in severe snowstorms in Wyoming. Before rescuers could reach them between 200-240 men, women, and children had perished. It was the deadliest tragedy in the history of the settlement of the West. This book is the result of painstaking research and it very often conflicts with the Mormon Church's version of the grueling and completely avoidable event. A testimony to human folly, to the perils of religious fervor and to man's remarkable ability to endure. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves