History of the Church
This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by William G. Hartley. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.
"The Great Florence Fitout of 1861," by William G. Hartley, BYU Studies 24, no. 3
In April 1861, fifty-year-old Jacob Gates arrived in Omaha, Nebraska, returning from a mission in England. He spent weeks getting ready to manage the four thousand people who crossed the Great Plains to Utah that summer. Saints gathered from the States and from Europe; many came on chartered ships from Liverpool. Brigham Young sent 185 wagons from Utah to Nebraska to meet these emigrants and bring them to Utah. Read more to learn about the logistics of this successful venture: the months of preparation, what the emigrants ate and where they slept, and how the Church helped pay for the necessary equipment.