Near Farson in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Upon notification of the approaching troops, Young and other Mormon leaders assumed, because they had not been notified of the administrative changes, that the army's intent was religious persecution. Young deployed the Utah Militia, also known as the Nauvoo Legion, to slow the U.S. troops.
In October 1857, a wagon train under the command of Captain Simpson was surrounded by the Utah Militia and forced to surrender its wagons. The Militia, led by Lot Smith, released the livestock and burned all
In the spring, Thomas L. Kane, long-time friend of the Mormons, negotiated a settlement that allowed U.S. troops to peacefully enter Salt Lake City. Young stepped down from his position and created a diplomatic relationship with Governor Cumming.
Location. 42° 1.072′ N, 109° 35.472′ W. Marker is near Farson, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is on State Highway 28 9 miles west of U.S. 191, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farson WY 82932, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Utah War (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Simpson's Hollow (within shouting distance of this marker); Burning Wagons (within shouting distance of this marker); First Transcontinental Telegraph (approx. 2.1 miles away); Emigrant/Indian Relations (approx. 2.1 miles away); Pilot Butte & "Graves" of the Unknown Emigrants Pilot Butte (approx. 2.1 miles away); Continuing the Journey West (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Farson.
Also see . . . Utah War: U.S. Government Versus Mormon Settlers. Article from Wild West Magazine (Submitted on July 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
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