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Spotlight on historic sites: Mormon Battalion

As the Mormon Battalion marched across the southwest in 1846, detachments of sick soldiers, women and children were sent to what is now Pueblo, Colo., to winter with a group of Mississippi saints en route to the Rocky Mountains. The Mississipians thought the first company of Mormon pioneers was also crossing in 1846. A Colorado State Historical Society marker stands in Pueblo at the intersection of Moffatt and Lansing streets near the bridge over the Arkansas River. During the winter of 1846-47, the group of Mormons grew to 275 in number and erected log cabins and a church building.

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