It was an unusual journey for those used to modern conveniences. But for the families who traded in their sport utility vehicles for horses, wagons, and handcarts, it was both a pilgrimage of faith and the ultimate adventure! By the time the re-enactment of the Mormon trek west ended, thousands had been part of the largest wagon train in 100 years.
Wagon Train: Journey of the Modern Pioneers provides a historical context for the Mormon's trek west and for the re-enactment, but the primary focus is on the human experience the struggles, the hardships and the triumphs of individuals who participated in the 1, 100 mile journey.
A number of participants are profiled including two British members, Gordon Beharrell and Pam Wilkenson, who joined the sesquicentennial re-enactment to pay tribute to the thousands of 19th century British converts to Mormonism. Despite hospitalization and surgery partway through the journey, Gordon fulfilled his dream of carrying his British flag among the thousands who walked into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24. Experience the triumph of these modern pioneers as they pay tribute to their heritage.
The BBC and BYU made this documentary on the 1997 pioneer reenactment.