Beginning June, 9, 2009, Lynn “Doc” Cleland reenacts the 1,400 mile historic journey made by his great-grandmother, Sarah Goode Marshall. She was one of almost 3,000 hardcart pioneers that traveled on foot from Iowa City, IA to Salt Lake City, UT between 1856 and 1860. Pulling a handcart constructed from the original specifications, Lynn is following his ancestor’s footsteps, eating only what they ate, sleeping in a replica 1850’s canvas tent, wearing period clothing, and following the Mormon, Oregon, California trail as closely as possible.
Lynn “Doc” Cleland is the first individual to travel any great distance by foot and handcart in almost 150 years. His reenactment of the original trek is an expression of his love and honor to God, Country, and a very brave, strong and faithful woman,
his great-grandmother – Sarah Goode Marshall.