Nauvoo, Illinois - Theresa Goodrich

Nauvoo, Illinois

Nauvoo, the departure point for those pioneering Mormons, was appropriate for this road trip because we had experienced so much of the impact of that migration. The Joshua Tree was named by Mormon settlers due to its resemblance to a biblical character. Zion National Park, originally named Mukuntuweap National Monument, was christened Zion because that’s what the Mormon’s called the area. Ebenezer Bryce was a Mormon who built a road that ended at the amphitheater in what became known as Bryce’s Canyon. I’m sure there are more, as the influence of those settlers can be felt throughout Utah and beyond.

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