Why Martin’s Cove Matters

Independence Rock

Publication: Denver University Law Review, Vol. 83, No. 4

Author: Kevin Holdsworth

Date of Publication: 2006

PDF File: 83DenvULRev.pdf


This paper will focus on a lease agreement, signed in October,2004, between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) that allows the LDS Church control over a historical site known as Martin’s Cove, located in Natrona County, Wyoming. Martin’s Cove is located adjacent to the Oregon, California, Pony Express, and Mormon Pioneer Trails, and it was, according to the LDS Church, the site of the deaths of a number of Utah-bound emigrants who perished as a result of fall blizzards in 1856.