Eighty-six years ago the Mormon pioneer company under the leadership of Brigham Young entered this valley as the vanguard of a people who were to build their own civilization in the Great Basin and beyond. They were the fore-runners of a people admirably trained for the task of colonizing the intermountain valleys. The middle west was the proving ground for the Mormon movement. There they developed a missionary system through which they reached sufficient numbers for their far western venture.
Ricks, Joel E., "The Utah Pioneers" (1934). Joel Ricks Collection. Paper 9.