Martin's Cove is a historic site in Wyoming. The 933 acre (3.8 km²) cove is located 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. It is located on the Mormon Trail and is also part of the North Platte-Sweetwater segment of the Oregon Trail. The Cove was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on March 8, 1977.HistoryIn November 1856, about 500 Mormon emigrants in the Martin Handcart Company were halted for five days in the Cove by snow and cold while on their way to Salt Lake City. The Martin Handcart company had begun its journey on July 28, 1856 which was dangerously late in the season and would ultimately lead to the disaster. Although the number who died in the Cove is unknown, more than 145 members of the Martin Company died before reaching Salt Lake City. A few days prior to their arrival at Martin's Cove, the company was met by a small rescue party with food, supplies, and wagons that LDS Church President Brigham Young had sent from Salt Lake City, Utah. On November 4 the company and rescuers forded the bitterly cold Sweetwater River and sought shelter in the cove. That evening a powerful north wind blew the tents to the ground. The tents were set up again, but a blizzard brought heavy snow. The company remained in the camp for five days, unable to proceed due to the snow and cold. A number of the company's cattle died there and were preserved in a frozen state. When the weather warmed, on November 9, the company was able to move on toward Utah. With assistance from the original rescue party and from additional rescue parties that met them along the way, the survivors finally reached Salt Lake City on November 30.Work out when and for how long to visit Martin's Cove and other Alcova attractions using our handy Alcova itinerary planner.
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This place is astounding! It is well kept and well attended by many Mormon missionary couples who obviously love it there. There's so much to learn about the Mormon migration west and the two parties ... more »
We learned about Martin's Cove from a miniscule blurb in a magazine and wanted to know more. The museum is informative and our guide was a delight!! There were large numbers of younger people who walk... more »
We stopped here on our way west to Yellowstone. I loved discovering this hallowed place with my children! It was wonderful to walk where my ancestors trod. Sharing the sacrifices they made. The visito... more »
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