Trail of Hope

Location: Parley Street

Beginning just west of the Webb Blacksmith Shop, walk along a path next to Parley Street and read journal entries from pioneers who left Nauvoo under trying circumstances but with faith in their future. The end of the trail at the edge of the Mississippi River marks the beginning of the National Park Service designated Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.

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Pioneer Memorial
In 1980, a bronze relief plaque was placed near the banks of the Mississippi River to honor the thousands of Latter-day Saints who traveled the Mormon Trail between 1846-1869.
Exodus to Greatness
A pavilion erected in 1996 around the memorial plaque lists the names of those known to have died somewhere along the 1,300 miles of the Mormon Trail.
Memorial Statue
This bronze statue depicts Joseph Smith and Brigham Young discussing plans for establishing colonies in the western territories of the United States.
Eyes Westward
While Brigham and Joseph likely never stood here, map in hand, to discuss a westward migration, the statue is a visual symbol of Joseph’s transfer of prophetic leadership to Brigham prior to the 1846 exodus from Nauvoo.
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