"The Handcart Pioneer Monument is a tribute to the thousands of hardy Mormon pioneers who, because they could not afford the larger ox-drawn wagons, walked across the rugged plains in the 1850s, pulling and pushing all of their possessions in handmade, all-wood handcarts. Some 250 died on the journey, but nearly 3,000, mostly British converts, completed the 1,350-mile trek from Iowa City, Iowa."
They walked. Walked. 1,350 miles. With all of their belongings, and sometimes their children, on a tiny cart.
Indeed it is hard to imagine life without a lot of the things we take for granted. Transportation for instance.
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