Breckenridge in Caldwell County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Haun's Millstone Commemorative Marker
This relic represents a tragic episode in American Religious history. A testament to an enduring need for greater understanding and tolerance between peoples of differing ideologies, including religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds. As a result of miscommunication and feelings of powerlessness to effect change in the wake of what they saw as offensive Mormon military actions in Daviess County, Livingston County Regulators and other volunteers brutally attacked the Mormon settlement of Haun's Mill, on Shoal Creek, 30 October 1838, killing 17 persons, 14 of whom were hastily interred in a partially completed well on the site. In memory of the massacre, local residents moved this Mill Stone to Breckenridge sometime after 1927.
Dedicated May 26, 2001 -- City of Breckenridge Park Board & Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation
Erected 2001 by City of Breckenridge Park Board & Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation.
Location. 39° 45.696′ N, 93° 48.231′ W. Marker is in Breckenridge, Missouri, in Caldwell County. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Street & Broadway, on the right when traveling east on 6th Street & Broadway. From U.S. Highway 36 in Caldwell County, MO, turn north on Panther Road. Go north 1.85 miles, then turn right (east) on Broadway. Go .6 miles to Breckenridge City Park at Broadway & 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Breckenridge MO 64625, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace and Boyhood Home of Jerry Litton (approx. 6.1 miles away); Haun's Mill (approx. 6.6 miles away); Boyhood Home of J. C. Penney (approx. 10.4 miles away); Welcome to Hamilton (approx. 10.4 miles away); "Richey" and Harden Stone Millstones (approx. 10.4 miles away); Hamilton (approx. 10.4 miles away); Gallatin (approx. 13½ miles away); Site of the 1869 James Gang Bank Robbery (approx. 13½ miles away).
More about this marker. Millstone & marker are in the Breckenridge City Park
Regarding Haun's Millstone Commemorative Marker. The marker says that this millstone was moved to Breckenridge sometime after 1927, but an early photograph shows it was already in the city park in 1915. It was photographed at the original Haun's Mill site in 1907, so was moved sometime between 1907-1915. There is another millstone still at the original Haun's Mill site 8.2 miles away by road. A local myth suggests that the Breckenridge millstone may actually have come from Marshall's Mill which was about a mile east of Haun's Mill.
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Also see . . .
1. Story of Haun's Mill: A Tragic Episode in American Religious History. (Submitted on September 20, 2009.)
2. A Relic of the Mormon Missouri Period: The Haun's Mill Stone at Breckenridge, Missouri. (Submitted on September 20, 2009.)
3. Caldwell County Mills. (Submitted on September 20, 2009.)
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