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Monday, 15 July 2002

Pix of the day: How the West Was Won

Hurricane, UT Pioneers © Ian Scott-ParkerPioneer Handcart © Ian Scott-ParkerPioneer Wagon © Ian Scott-Parker

The movie tradition has well equipped wagon trains crossing the smooth grassy prairies, the main problem to their progress being marauding savages. In the Great Basin the reality was somewhat different. When the cost of moving a whole society by wagon train grew too excessive, Brigham Young, the leader of the LDS church, decided that handcart companies would be a more economic answer. Many made the journey successfully, but some were beset with privation and tragedy.

The statue commemorating the Pioneers stands in the Heritage Park in Hurricane, Utah. The handcart and the covered wagon are authentic originals. A number of websites [1] [2] [3] [4] give detailed accounts of the various Handcart Companies.

  
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)