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Pioneer Day by the Numbers

No. 1 best Pioneer-Day Pun: Pie and Beer Day. SLC’s best chefs provide fantastic (or at least interesting) pies and the microbreweries bring the beer for finest community radio (KRCL) fundraiser ever.

4:30 am Pioneers’ wake up call for another 15-mile day on the trail.

900. The number of feet between the This is the Place Monument and where the event really happened—marked in 1921 with a 10-foot obelisk.

10 words that Brigham Young really said when he saw the valley: “It is enough. This is the right place, drive on.” Still better than “Enough already, Brig.This’ll do,” which is probably what the rest of the expedition murmured after 111 days on the trail.

1,300. The distance in miles the Mormon pioneers traveled to reach Utah.

Two most common names among the pioneers: John and Mary

Two most common names among  Mormons today: JosÉ and Maria

See more inside our 2017 July/August Issue.

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