Thousands of Mormons left Nauvoo in 1846, and most of them eventually settled in the Western United States. This memorial kiosk is dedicated to those who were known to have joined the exodus but died somewhere along the Mormon Trail. About 2,000 names are listed.
The memorial is situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, near to where many wagons crossed the river into Iowa before making the 1,200 mile journey to the Rocky Mountains where the Mormons hoped to be able to live their faith in peace.
Also at the site is the "Eyes Westward" statue of Brigham Young and Joseph Smith looking west, maps in hand, discussing the future planned migration of the Latter-day Saints.