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Martins Cove

  • map marker icon 47600 W Highway 220, Alcova, WY 82620
  • phone icon (307) 328-2953


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In 1856, Edward Martin left Iowa with a group of Mormon pioneers bound for Salt Lake City. They were too poor to buy horses and covered wagons, so most brought their belongings in handcarts. They left late in the season, with inadequate provisions, and were trapped in a blizzard 30 miles from present day Alcova, and some 60 miles from Casper. Of the 600 who made the journey, 150 died of starvation and exposure before the rest were rescued by a team from Salt Lake City. Contact Martin’s Cove to try your hand at pulling your own handcart and connect with Wyoming’s rich past.


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