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The Willie Handcart Company was a handcart company that crossed the plains to Salt Lake City in 1856. The company faced extreme conditions in the fall of that year and were subsequently rescued by parties sent by Brigham Young at the October General Conference.
The company departed Iowa City on July 15, 1856. The company consisted of about 500 people, 100 handcarts, and 5 wagons, which were lead by James G. Willie. Due to the late start in the season, the company was caught in snow storms in Wyoming in October. The group was rescued near Rock Creek Hollow, Wyoming, just after losing 21 people to the extreme conditions. The company arrived in Salt Lake City on November 9, 1856.
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