Happy Pioneer Day!

If you’re in Utah, today is a state holiday. If you’re not in Utah, you’re totally missing out! Today commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Since these pioneers were the first to settle the area which later became the state of Utah, it’s celebrated as a secular state holiday throughout Utah (and known to some as “Pie and Beer Day”), though naturally it holds plenty of religious significance as well. So in that way, it’s kind of like Christmas, right?! Maybe not quite, but still a good excuse to get off of work, watch a parade or two, and have some pioneer-themed fun!

Photo by Jon Toney (CC0)

All my life, I have loved all things pioneer-related– pioneer stories, the Oregon Trail computer game, the actual Oregon trail, camping in a covered wagon at summer camp, etc. So to get the best pioneer experience, I have decided to celebrate the holiday with Will at This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. I’ll be sure to post some pictures next week!

For now, and in honor of Pioneer Day, here are some old-timey, westward-ho thoughts for your enjoyment:

  • Did you know that you can play the original DOS version of The Oregon Trail computer game online for free? Watch out for dysentery!
  • Watch the film 17 Miracles (available to stream on Netflix). It’s a little cheesy, but keep the tissues handy. It’s based on true events and sure to bring a tear or two to your eyes.
  • How cool would it be to stay here?!
  • Maybe this is old news, but studies show no evidence that the Donner Party actually ate each other. (whew! Because cannibalism is just gross.)
  • Last, but not least, have you ever considered yourself to be a pioneer? If not, this video may change your mind.


Happy Pioneer Day, everyone! Have a safe and blessed weekend!


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