Handcarts. Though relatively few Latter-day Saint pioneers crossed the overland trail with a handcart those handcart pioneers have nearly become representative of the entire pioneer trail experience. In commemoration there are handcart treks every summer in which adults and youth alike pull a handcart and experience something of the rigors of life on the trail.
Moreover, the experiences of the Willie and Martin handcart companies in late 1856 have come to represent the whole of the Latter-day Saint handcart experience. This too is not an accurate representation. As History of the Saints opens its third season we present the story of the Latter-day Saints and handcarts.