Mormon Handcart Visitors Center
and Martin's Cove
Alcova, Wyoming

I have lived near Martins Cove for 25 years and the first time I visited there was about 15 years ago. It was then owned by the Sun family. They were gracious enough to allow us to hike around the area. I was aware of the history of the Handcart pioneers who perished there, and I could feel a special spirit. The LDS Church began developing the visitors center about 7 or 8 years ago and it is truly amazing to see the progress that has happened. Each year there are more buildings and exhibits. The missionaries there do a great job in teaching visitors about the pioneer history and events that happened near there. The visitors center has a nice arrangement of buildings and displays, all surrounded by beautiful hills. One can enjoy a picnic, or can use a handcart to walk the mile or two up into the cove itself.

Stranded in a blizzard, the Martin Handcart company huddled in a cove for four days trying to escape the freezing snow. While waiting to be rescued, many died. The Mormon handcart visitor's center pays tribute to the Martin and Willie Handcart companies.

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