The City that Disappeared
The campground, really a temporary village covering about 150 acres, consisted of the grove, a large pasture fenced by native sod and a ditch, and a burial ground located on the elevated ridge between the grove and the farm. Though one or two permanent structures were erected, most residents lived in tents, wagon boxes or make-shift dwellings.
During the peak year of emigration at Mormon Grove in 1855, nearly 2,000 Latter-Day Saints with 337 wagons left here for the Salt Lake Valley. It was also a tragic year for the U.S., British, and European Mormons at the little way station, many dying in a cholera epidemic.
In 1856, Iowa City, Iowa, became the major jump-off point for Latter-Day Saint westward travel, and Mormon Grove became a forgotten gathering place.
Erected by Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and Kansas Historical Society. (Marker Number 117.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society, and the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 33.432′ N,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Atchison (approx. 2.8 miles away); Frank R. Firth (approx. 3.1 miles away); Astronauts of the Shuttle Columbia (approx. 3.2 miles away); John Alexander Martin (approx. 3.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Birthplace of the Santa Fe Railway Company (approx. 3.8 miles away); Working Men of the Railroads (approx. 3.8 miles away); 4th of July, 1804 Creek (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atchison.
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