Landmarks and monuments pay tribute to the religious pioneers who traveled the 1,300 miles of the Mormon Trail. The route ... More
Mormon Pioneer Cemetery
Landmarks and monuments pay tribute to the religious pioneers who traveled the 1,300 miles of the Mormon Trail. The route took the Mormons along the northern edge of Omaha. This site, known as the Winter Quarters, is a significant stop; it marks the pioneers' winter camp of 1846. The more than 600 Mormons who died here due to the harsh weather are buried in a nearby cemetery. Free daily tours detail this historic trek.
This is definitely the right priced attraction and a very pretty place to visit. The people were friendly and it wasn't crowded either. Interesting to learn the history of a church that was very prevalent in this area years ago.
This is not even in the top 100 things to do in Omaha. Go to the Zoo, the College World Series, The Qwest Center for concerts and sports. Listen to music at the Slowdown. Visit the Bemis art museum. But do not go unless you have insomnia.
Interesting information and displays. Not very many original artifacts. Do not go if you don't want to be proselytized. You will be assigned a guide who is a Mormon missionary. They will try to get you interested in learning more about the Mormon Faith. It's not a hard sell but it is still pretty obvious what they are trying to do.
My family visited the museum recently. It was a wonderful experience and very educational. Outside we went to take pictures of the Temple. It sits on a hill and is very beautiful. My daughter used her cell phone camera and took a very good picture.
But, I used my cell phone and the entire Temple was not there. I called the family over and it was if the Temple completely had disappeared in my cell phone window. I took three pictures from 3 locations and all three pictures were without the Temple. The trees and grass were there, but it was as if the building had been removed. Very strange, but cool.
This is a great place to take the whole family. My family (Mom, Dad,Sister and Brother with their children) all went at Christmas and the kids were able to put on Pioneer clothing and hands on pulling a handcart like they had to. You get to see a log home, bunks they stayed in on the ships, a display of Ox pulling covered wagons and learn tons of history of their trail to Zion. Also they have WONDERFUL Gingerbread Displays during Christmas. We had a great time!
We take the kids every year to see the rich history of a different religion. They have a wonderful gingerbread parade every Christmas that we just enjoy going to and taking picture of. Be sure to check out the picture of Jesus...His eyes follow you around the room!
I am LDS. I stopped in Omaha to visit this place. There is a feeling of reverance here because you learn so many people suffered and died in the area while making their way to utah. The temple is right next door. Kind of hard to find, Omaha doesn't really have that many signs up for it. It is in the North part of town.
Great place to reflect on things that are important in life.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/13/05
Our family enjoyed visiting the trail center. It is an educational expierence into some of Omaha's history and ties to the Mormon church. The Mormon temple is next door, which is a beautiful site and they have flower gardens during the summer. We also visit the Trail center in the winter were they have a large gingerbread display of 100's of homes. Nice relaxing and eductational time.
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