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Martin's Cove, Alcova

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Martin's Cove is a historic site in Wyoming. The 933 acre (3.8 kmĀ²) 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.
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  • This is a special spot with a lot of history especially to Mormons. It is well kept and is staffed by Mormon older couples who love it there. They share so much about the Mormon migration west and the...  more »
  • Another great history stop along the road in Wyoming just a few miles south of Independence rock. Rip with history.  more »
  • 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 really enjoyed our visit to Martin's Cove, we did the full walk to Martin's Cove, a 5 mile round trip, and the walk to Devil's Gate, a 1.5 mile round trip. The Visitor Centre tells the story of the Martin Handcart company and the Sun family who build on ranch on the site. It is all very well done and I can highly recommend it.
  • Such a beautiful place filled with the Spirit of God. This truly is hallowed ground.
  • Beautiful. Great to drive off the beaten path and learn about the history of our state
  • I had a wonderful experience. I recommend that everyone should come to this gorgeous place
  • An amazing place with an incredible story.
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