In 1899 in Salt Lake City, Utah, my grandfather, John Franklin Nielsen (Grandpa Frank), bought a pictorial wall map entitled, "Route of the Mormon Pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake". In the website page header above I am holding that original print. It is a 14" x 41-1/4" lithograph by an unknown artist, tracing the historical 1846-1847 route of the Mormon Pioneers, led by Brigham Young. Although this 1899 commemorative map specifically honors Brother Brigham's Vanguard Company, tens of thousands of other Mormon pioneers from 1846 to 1869 are honored as well.

Many of my ancestors are included in this honor. For example, Great-Great Grandpa Peder Christian Nielsen and family became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Denmark in 1855, and emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1866. They sailed the Atlantic, went up the Hudson River and Erie Canal to Buffalo, New York, across Lake Erie to Cleveland, Ohio, rode the rails to St. Joseph, Missouri, took a riverboat to Wyoming, Nebraska, and finally walked 1,100 miles on the Mormon Trail to Salt Lake City, Utah with an oxen team. From Denmark to Salt Lake City took 21 weeks.

On October 9, 1953, I was seven days old, and it was Dad's 35th birthday, when Grandpa Frank died at the age of 73. Dad inherited Grandpa's map, and I inherited Grandpa's name. When I was 25, Dad gave me the map.

My wish for you is to have a copy of the "Route of the Mormon Pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake" in your family for generations to come, just as I've had mine. Therefore, I've taken it upon myself to enhance the image with computer graphics and republish it on high quality canvas with fade-resistant inks, for a lasting, beautiful piece of artwork. It looks amazing. My bright new version is enlarged to 15" x 48". With packaging, tax and postage included for delivery anywhere in the USA, prices are as follows:

Wall Map with Walnut, Gold or Antique Gold Frame (as shown) $297 each
Wall Map on Canvas, No Frame (you frame it) $197 each
Fine Quality Laminated Paper Version (rolled in 3" dia. tube) $27 each

I am Frank Nielsen, great-great grandson of Mormon Pioneers and professional map man at your service. I would be glad to provide a fabulous copy of the wall map "Route of the Mormon Pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake" for you! Just so you know, my favorite is the Walnut Frame.