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Published: Saturday, May 17, 1997

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25 years ago

The Iowa State Highway Department approved a plan to place Mormon Pioneer Trail roadsigns along primary highways in southern Iowa, according to the May 13, 1972, Church News.

The signs were to be located where the historic trail intersected primary roads. They were to be placed along the route taken by the lead company headed by President Brigham Young.

The article stated that the highway commission's action would be a major step in the effort to research and develop the trail, according to Booth Wallentine of West Des Moines, bishop of the Des Moines Ward and president of the Mormon Pioneer Trail Foundation.

"A standard emblem recommended by the foundation has been adopted by the commission as the trail marker," the article continued. "The emblem features the famous buffalo skull which Brigham Young used as a prairie signpost for travelers following him."

The project of erecting the signs was to begin July 1.

The article stated: "In presenting the proposal to the commission, Bishop Wallentine said the trail will become an important tourism resource for communities in southern Iowa. He noted that Nauvoo, Ill., across the river from the starting point of the trail, is becoming a major tourist center."

Quote from the past

"What a glorious thing it is to have the saving truths of the everlasting gospel; to be members of `the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth,' to be on the path leading to eternal life in our Father's kingdom." - President Joseph Fielding Smith, from an address given during the April 1972 general conference