165 years ago today - Nov 9, 1856

Arrival in Salt Lake City of Willie handcart company after loss of sixty-eight persons who freeze or starve to death in mountains. Martin handcart company arrives on 30 Nov. after about 150 similar deaths. This total death rate of 22 percent is worst of any Mormon emigrant companies. With better planning, handcarts bring thousands of European Mormons to Utah for another four years with few deaths.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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