Jacket by Stephen J. Voorhies

In the bitter February days of 1846, the 
Mormon wagon train started westward 
from Illinois. It was the beginning of a 
two-thousand-mile journey across the 
wilderness toward Salt Lake Valley-a 
desert which no one else wanted. By 
late spring some twenty thousand peo- 
ple were on the way in one of the most 
remarkable migrations in history. 
   For these were not adventurers seek- 
ing their fortune in the wilderness. Those 
were earnest members of the so-called 
Mormon Church, seeking freedom to 
worship as they pleased and a peaceful 
spot for their way of life. 
   In their wagons they carried the mak- 
ings of their civilization-seed to plant 
in the barren land which they would 
transform into gardens, fine china and 
silver for the homes they would build 
in their new city, books and a printing 
press for their new world. 
   Today Salt Lake City is shining evi- 
dence of the Mormons' wisdom and 
foresight, for here the Mormon train set 
up its new world and its new way of life. 
   Skillfully Jim Kjelgaard has recounted 
the mighty migration of the Mormons. 
To read their story is to feel new pride 
in the vision and determination of these 
early Americans.
JIM KJELGAARD was born in New York Ciy. Almost before he was able to walk,
however, the family - which included Jim's four brothers and a sister - moved to
the Black Forest region of Pennsylvania. The Black Forest was then and is still
a very good hunting and fishing country. The  young Kjelgaards grew up there,
hunting, fishing, trapping, and guiding other hunters.
   Mr. Kjelgaard now lives in Arizona. He has been a free-lance writer for about
seventeen years, and The Coming of the Mormons is his thirteenth book.

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