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U.S. Land May Be Leased to Mormons

September 20, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Martin's Cove, U.S. land considered sacred by Mormons, would be leased by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 25 years under a new plan, according to a spokeswoman for Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo).

Pink granite cliffs encircle the site where Mormon pioneers were trapped in 1856 by a snowstorm during their 1,300-mile trek to Utah. They sought shelter in the cove, where as many as 150 died. Rescuers buried them under piles of rock.

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