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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Winter Quarters Visitor Center and Pioneer Cemetery

While we were in Omaha, we also visited the Winter Quarters visitor center.  There's a lot of information at the center!  We learned all about pioneers crossing Iowa after they were forced by mob violence to leave Nauvoo, Illinios, preparations for their continued trek to Utah, and what made them unique when compared to other emigrant groups.  They were organized.  Rather then remain bunched together, they made about 200 settlements in the Winter Quarters vicinity to decrease their impact on the area.  They planted crops, established ferries, and did all they could to make it easier for the groups that followed them. The Mormon Trail Center gave a great overview into many facets of their lives, including transportation methods of wagon, handcart, ships, and railroads.
Across the street is the Winter Quarters pioneer cemetery and Winter Quarters Temple.  Most of the people buried in the cemetery were babies and children.  I have a relative buried there.  It's a place that encourages introspection and quiet reverence.  I am grateful for the sacrifices that were made by so many who have gone before.

Nearest City: Florence, NE
Location: 3215 State Street, Omaha, NE
Time Needed: 90 minutes
Difficulty: easy
Kid Friendly: yes
Additional Info:Mormon Trail Center Website

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