Casper, Wy – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints can now operate the Martin's Cove Historical Site for tourism, education and religious observances for the next 25 years.
State Bureau of Land Management director Bob Bennett signed
lease papers yesterday (Tuesday) in Cheyenne covering 933 acres of
public lands surrounding the site in central Wyoming. The actual
area considered to be Martin's Cove is 200 acres.
The signing culminated years of negotiations among the church,
Congress and the federal government.
The Mormon church originally wanted to buy 16-hundred acres of
land at Martin's Cove, but public opposition to that idea lead to
the lease compromise.
The Martin's Cove site is where a number of Mormon pioneers died
during a snow storm in 1856.