Red Buttes

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Red Buttes
Distance: 940 miles from Nauvoo

In the ten miles from where the Martin Handcart Company forded the North Platte (near present-day Casper, Wyoming) to Red Buttes (Bessemer Bend), many members died.

Red Butte was the most tragic site of the Mormon Trail. After crossing the Platte River, the Martin Handcart Company camped near Red Butte as heavy snow fell. Snow continued to fall for three days and the company came to a halt as many emigrants died. For nine days the company remained there while 56 persons died from cold or disease. Finally, on October 28 an advance team of three men from the Utah rescue party reached them. The rescuers encouraged them that help was on the way and urged the company to start moving on.


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