Near Varnell in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Joseph Standing Monument
This memorial park and monument honor the memory of Elder Joseph Standing of Salt Lake City, Utah, a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Mormon) who was killed here by a mob July 21, 1879. His companion, Elder Rudger Clawson, who later became president of the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the church, was unharmed.
The cooperation of W. C. Puryear and family who donated the land and were most helpful in other ways, made this memorial possible.
of Latter-day Saints
Erected 1952 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Location. 34° 55.215′ N, 85° 0.048′ W. Marker is near Varnell, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Standing Road 1.3 miles north of Varnell Road (State Highway 2), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. From Spring Street & Main in Varnell Georgia, go west on Varnell Road (Ga. Hwy 2) for 1.9 miles. Turn right on Lake Kathy Road (222). Go north for .2 miles, where the road name changes to Standing Road. Continue on Standing Road for .1 mile, then make a slight right at the fork to stay on Standing Road. Go north on Standing Road for 1 mile. The park and marker will be on the right. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4241 Standing Road, Varnell GA 30756, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Campaign for Atlanta Began Here (approx. 1.9 miles away); Historic Varnell Home (approx. 2 miles away); 4th Corps' Route to Tunnel Hill (approx. 2.4 miles away); Catoosa Springs Confederate Hospitals (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Federal Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); Harris' Gap (approx. 3.6 miles away); Military Operations in Crow Valley (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Old Federal Road (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Varnell.
More about this marker. A short walk down the sidewalk into the park is necessary in order to see the marker, which is on the backside of a large stone slab near a picnic pavilion.
Also see . . .
1. Joseph Standing. Wikipedia article on Joseph Standing. Also includes several photos of the monument and Jospeh Standing's gravesite in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Submitted on September 17, 2009.)
2. The Latter Day Saints Millennial Star. The August 25, 1879 news account of the incident. (Submitted on September 18, 2009.)
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