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Bryce Christensen, director of the Martin's Cove handcart historic site in central Wyoming, stands above the small mountain cove where 70 Mormon pioneers died in a winter storm in 1856. The company of British immigrants pushing their belongings in handcarts from Iowa to Utah were beset by setbacks and deaths. One hundred sixty members of the group died on the journey. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has gained control of the federally-owned site southeast of Casper, raising questions about land use and historic interpreteation. (Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)
Bryce Christensen, director of the Martin's Cove handcart historic site in central Wyoming, stands above the small mountain cove where 70 Mormon pioneers died in a winter storm in 1856. The company of British immigrants pushing their belongings in handcarts from Iowa to Utah were beset by setbacks and deaths. One hundred sixty members of the group died on the journey. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has gained control of the federally-owned site southeast of Casper, raising...
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