Distance: 940 miles from Nauvoo
In the 10 miles from where the Martin Handcart Company forded the
North Platte (near present-day Casper, Wyoming) to Red Buttes (Bessemer
Bend), many Latter-day Saints died. At Red Buttes they became snowbound
for six days, and at least 56 persons perished.
our sojourn at this camp we were placed under very trying circumstances;
being reduced to very low rations of flour; a scanty supply of clothing
and in addition to these evils, it became our painful duty to bury
very many of our friends and traveling companions also to see our
cattle vanish from our view through starvation every day" (Reminiscences
by William Lawrence Spicer Binder, 18321910, Family and Church
History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints [microfilm], 2).
Journal photographs courtesy of