Peter maughan

Courtesy of USU Special Collections, Merrill-Cazier Library.

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On Sunday it will have been 175 years since July 24, 1847, when pioneers first arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Today, the 24th is a state holiday set aside to honor the pioneers. Who are those pioneers and what can be learned today from their efforts and experiences?

Three Cache Valley residents who are descendants of the first pioneers who helped in settlements from Wellsville, Richmond and Smithfield pay tribute to their ancestors who heeded a call from their prophet to leave their homeland, coming from England and Denmark to gather and help build up the burgeoning Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in America.

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