LDS Volunteers Place Markers on Trails
April 1997

“LDS Volunteers Place Markers on Trails,” Ensign, Apr. 1997, 79

LDS Volunteers Place Markers on Trails

More than 150 volunteers from stakes in Rock Springs, Green River, and Lyman, Wyoming, have installed 125 new markers along historic trails in the southwestern part of the state.

The project, part of efforts by Church members to prepare for the sesquicentennial observance of the historic trek of early pioneers, involved hundreds of hours as volunteers took out 125 old markers and installed new 200-pound concrete pylons marking the Mormon Trail, the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Pony Express Trail.

Two decades ago, the original installation of the trail markers took more than two years to complete. The deteriorating and vandalized markers were replaced in just four weeks with the help of Latter-day Saint volunteers. Mike Brown, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management historian and recreation planner, explained that the government agency had neither the money nor the workers to accomplish the project so quickly.