Here are some questions to ask before you visit Martin’s Cove, while you’re there, and again after you return:
- How did Martin’s Cove get its name?
- Why is it called a “cove”?
- What is a handcart? How does it move? Why might people prefer it to a regular covered wagon?
- What was the Oregon Trail? The California Trail? The Mormon Trail? In this part of the West, they were all one road. Why the different names for a single road?
- When the people in the Martin Handcart Company camped here in 1856, where were they coming from? Where were they coming from before that?
- Where were they going?
- By the time they got here, how far had they come?
- How much farther did they have to go?
- Why were they going there?
- How much food did they have? How much clothing?
- Why were they traveling so late in the year?
- Had they been warned about the danger of traveling so late in the year?
- How do you think they felt about those warnings?
THERE ARE HUNDREDS of more good questions a person could ask about Martin’s Cove.
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