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Description of Pioneer Children’s Memorial

Thousands of pioneer children walked, rode and camped their way through more than 1,300-miles of trail from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the Land of Zion in Utah. It was an adventure for most. They played and argued like most children. They picked berries, slept out under the stars, and danced. Most made it to Utah no worse for the wear. Tragically, however, 684 of them died on the trail.

The Days of ’47, Inc. and This Is The Place Heritage Park, with the help of generous donors, have created a striking, new Pioneer Children’s Memorial to honor the 684 children who lost their lives while making their way to Zion on the pioneer trail in the mid-1800’s.

The new memorial is located at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the names of the children are etched in stone so they will never be forgotten. Their stories are told through a variety of innovative, time-honored, artistic expressions that bring them and the trail to life. The stories are tender, you’ll feel connections and your heart will be touched.

I was commissioned to create this painting of one of the bronze statue exhibits as a tribute to the children whose lives were lost in their quest for a place of safety and peace. It was a humbling experience for me. My heart was truly touched and my heart softened toward these valiant pioneers. Let us never forget their sacrifice.

Giclee canvas prints are also available for $348 (24″ x 48″). Smaller sizes are also available (18″x 36″ = $194; 15″ x 30″ = $134; 12″ x 24″ = $86). Contact me for details …

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