UTAH TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
National Historic Trails in Utah :
The California National Historic Trail via Utah commemorates gold seekers route of the 1840's . The Gold strike in California attracted some 250,000 prospectors to California.
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Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
From 1846 to 1869, some 70,000 Mormons led Brigham Young blazed a trail from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah. This 1,300 mile Mormon necessitated the building of new ferries and bridges. Markers were placed to guide others following later. Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, a major Utah attraction , is another example of the way America has accommodated all religions, faiths & beliefs.
The Mormon migration was search of religious freedom & freedom from persecution .In 1830 Joseph Smith founded the Mormon religion in Fayette, New York.. Smith had visions early in his life which he later wrote down in The Book of Mormon.
Persecution of the Mormons led to many moves westward - Ohio, Missouri and Illinois.Mormon practices such as polygamy angered the locals & in June 27, 1844 precipitated the murder of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum by an lynch mob whilst in jail.
Brigham Young succeeded Smith and after more violence in Nauvoo they decided to relocate to Salt Lake in Utah thus triggering the amazing trek.
Pony Express National Historic Trail in Utah is the stuff of legends. Folks around the world know the story of how the mail was delivered across the vast expanse of the USA by riders on horseback. But not widely known is that the 1,800 miles from St. Joseph Missouri to Sacramento California was accomplished in just ten days! It helped the Union align itself with California before the Civil War broke out. Before the telegraph the Pony Express was the only fast way for both personal & business communications to be delivered across the continent. It operated for only 18 months between April 1860 and October 1861 but the advent of the telegraph heralded its demise. There are 120 historic sites that are planned for public access.
Old Spanish National Historic Trail in Utah journeys from Santa Fe to Los Angeles .A Mexican trader Antonio Armijo in 1829 pioneered the route to deliver goods to the Los Angeles . Santa Fe developed into the trade centre for commerce between Mexico and United States. Old Spanish National Historic Trail flourished until 1848 whereupon other routes developed due to the United States's expansion of territory in the South West.