Picturing history: Mormon Battalion, Pueblo, Colo.

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 5 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Continuing west from Bent's Fort on the Arkansas River, U.S. Army Capt. Higgins and the first detachment of the Mormon Battalion made its way to a temporary settlement near present-day Pueblo, Colo.

The historical marker seen here identifies the site at Pueblo where that detachment of the battalion spent the winter of 1846-47. Other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints traveling from Mississippi to the Salt Lake Valley spent that winter at Pueblo as well. The combined groups formed a settlement of some 275 persons. Crops were planted and game was plentiful.

The text of the plaque on the marker notes these Saints erected a church and rows of dwellings made of cottonwood logs.

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