This is a bronze statue outside the entrance to the Mormon Trail Information Center, across from the Omaha Temple. It depicts the use of handcarts by some companies of Mormon pioneers who traveled in this manner from Omaha to the Salt Lake Valley. It is is beautiful piece of work but we couldn't help but contrast it to the strength, energy and detail so evident in the wagon train pieces created by Ed Fraughton for the downtown "Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness & Pioneer Courage Park" that we were privilaged to visit yesterday.
We were graciously received by the Sister missionaries and the Senior couple assigned to the Center on our arrival. One of the missionaries, Sister Lewis from Florida, guided us through the wonderful visual presentation that is provided in this Center, telling so effectively of the events and circumstances surrounding Saints experiences in Winter Quarters. We were deeply impressed. We have those in our ancestry that were part of this pioneer experience. We should not forget their devotion and their sacrifice.