Of some interest are the variant routes used by Mormon emigrants and immigrants from 1846 to 1868. This information was gathered to support two bills in the 107th Congress, H.R. 37 and S. 213 (sponsored by Senators Hatch and Bennett of Utah). The purpose of the two identical bills is to expand recognition of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail to include significant routes used by Mormons heading west other than the exact route followed by Brigham Young in 1846 and 1847. Material for this section was gathered from the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Stanley B. Kimball, and the resources of the History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered under the direction of Mel Bashore. From these same sources a summary of each year's emigration was also compiled.
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