Local teen goes on historical reenactment trek

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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Katie Schipper, 17, of De Smet, travelled June 17-20 to central Wyoming to participate in a reenactment of the original Morman pioneer handcart trek west.

 

There were 131 teenagers, ages 14-18, 14 married couples and 18 other adults, including a couple of nurses, on the 20-mile trek.

 

“The day we got there, the weather was cold and super windy,” Schipper said. They were in the high desert area of Wyoming, which Schipper said means sand — lots and lots of sand.

 

“The minute we were off the busses, we were being pelted by sand. It stayed in the 50s all week long,” she said.

 

The original handcart movement began in 1856 and continued until 1860 when nearly 3,000 Mormon pioneers, many who came to the United States from England, could not afford horse or oxen teams. They used handcarts to transport their belongings to Salt Lake City, Utah, to join church members and to be free to practice their religion without persecution.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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