Mormon Handcart Monument – Things to do in Salt Lake City
Journeys End is the bronze handcart monument featured prominently at This is the Place park, at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The 1.5x life size sculpture of a Mormon pioneer family depicts them kneeling in gratitude for their safe arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. One of the must-do things to do in Salt Lake City is to hear the story of the Mormon handcart pioneers. Between 1856 and 1860, over 3000 Mormons (just a fraction of the overall group) made their journey westward by handcart. The handcart was the low-cost method of travel, 1/3 the cost of a wagon and oxen, which most used. The cost savings was a result of size as well as having to push/pull the cart oneself, rather than have animals power it. Each cart could carry 300 pounds of personal possessions and trail provisions (mostly trail provisions) for the long 1300-mile journey.