July 24, 1847: Brigham Young Leads Mormon Pioneers to Utah’s Great Salt Lake
On this day in 1847, after 17 months of traveling, Mormon leader Brigham Young and 148 pioneers arrived in modern-day Utah. Seeking refuge and religious and political freedom, Young and his followers began preparations in this remote location for the thousands of Mormon migrants to follow.
Find out what led to the “Great Mormon Migration” courtesy of American Experience here.
Photo: Brigham Young by Charles William Carter. Wikimedia Commons.