Independence in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith and Mormon leaders dedicated this area for construction of a temple, 3 August 1831. A temple complex was envisioned as the center of a city to be called Zion.
Erected by Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation. (Marker Number 1.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is August 3, 1831.
Location. 39° 5.422′ N, 94° 25.692′ W. Marker is in Independence, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is on West Walnut Street west of South River Boulevard, on the right when traveling west. Marker is embedded in the sidewalk on the south side of the Temple Lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 West Walnut Street, Independence MO 64050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Temple Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Flournoy Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flournoy House (about 400 feet away); The Stone Church (about 400 feet away); F.M. Smith Study (about 400 feet away); Confederate LineBattle Line at Railroad Cut (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joseph T. Noland House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Independence.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation
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1. Temple Lot. Wikipedia entry:
This grassy, 2.5-acre plot is considered by Latter Day Saints of nearly all persuasions to be the site designated by Smith for the temple of the New Jerusalem, a sacred city to be built preparatory to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. (Submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Questions and Answers about the Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website entry:
John Whitmer wrote that on August 3, 1831, eight elders “assembled together where the temple [was] to be erected.” Those eight elders were the Prophet Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Peter Whitmer Jr., Frederick G. Williams, William W. Phelps, Martin Harris, and Joseph Coe. (Submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 18, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.