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The Murdock Site, Mormon Trail, South of Alda, Nebraska
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The Murdock Site of the Mormon Trail, south of Alda, Nebraska, is one of the very few sites preserving the original trail. From 1847 until 1868 when the railroad was completed into Utah, tens of thousands of pioneers walked and rode the Mormon Trail. Originally beginning in Nauvoo, Illinois, the beginning of the trip across the continent of more than 1300 miles, moved slowly west with the building of the first transcontinental railroad. There are volumes of stories about experiences on the trail. This is a small part of the trail where it lies between Grand Island and Kearney in Nebraska. In Nebraska, there are several roads and the railroad that follow the path of the pioneers and other trails wind through the same area such as the well-known Oregon Trail. Recent development, including planting a whole lot of corn, have erased visual evidence of most of the trail. There is a sign on the site that reads, in part, “About noon on Thursday, April 29, 1847 Brigham Young and his first pioneer company crossed this site on their way to Salt Lake.”

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