“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Braymer in Caldwell County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Haun's Mill Massacre

Haun's Mill Massacre Monument image. Click for full size.
August 4, 2006
1. Haun's Mill Massacre Monument
Southwest of here
on October 30th, 1838,
occurred the incident generally
known as the Haun's Mill Massacre.
This site located by
Wm. R. Pemberton.
This marker placed here by
Glenn M. Setzer

Erected 1941 by Glenn M. Setzer.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNotable EventsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1952.
Location. 39° 40.206′ N, 93° 50.35′ W. Marker is near Braymer, Missouri, in Caldwell County. Marker is on NE Hauns Mill Drive half a mile west of Catawba Road, on the left when traveling west. Driving directions: On northbound I-35, 40 miles northeast of Independence/Kansas City, Missouri, take exit #40 (Polo exit). Drive east on State Route 116 for 12.3 miles. At Polo, turn left to stay on Route 116 and go north for 1 mile. After a mile, turn right to stay on Route 116 and go east again for 11.2 miles. Turn left onto Catawba Road and go north for 6.1 miles.
“Haun’s Mill” image. Click for full size.
Painting by C.C.A. Christensen, via
2. “Haun’s Mill”
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Cross the bridge over Shoal Creek and turn left onto Hauns Mill Drive. Follow Hauns Mill Drive west .25 miles, then south .3 miles to the site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Braymer MO 64624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Haun's Millstone Commemorative Marker (approx. 6.6 miles away); Hamilton (approx. 9.8 miles away); Hamilton Train Depot (approx. 9.8 miles away); Boyhood Home of J. C. Penney (approx. 9.9 miles away); Welcome to Hamilton (approx. 9.9 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to Hamilton (approx. 9.9 miles away); "Richey" Mill Stones (approx. 9.9 miles away); Harden Stone Millstones (approx. 9.9 miles away).
More about this marker. In 1887 a millstone was recovered from the well at the massacre site and was set in place to mark the spot, inscribed with the words "In memory of victims of Haun's Mill massacre, Oct. 30th, 1838." In 1941 Glenn M. Setzer cast the present concrete marker near the road entry and moved the millstone a short distance to this spot. The concrete marker is difficult to read due to weathering and parts of the stone are missing due to being vandalized 3 times. In 2003 the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) placed a new metal marker at the site explaining the historical facts in more detail.
Regarding Haun's Mill Massacre. The "Haun's Mill Massacre" occurred a few days following an order issued by Governor Boggs of Missouri, known as the "Extermination Order". In effect this order declared "open season" on all Mormons and called for their slaughter. This Missouri Executive Order 44 issued Oct. 27, 1838, stated that all Mormons should be treated as enemies and should be exterminated or else driven from the state. The order was issued in response to exaggerated and one-sided reports received from a few Missouri militia members. The order was not formally rescinded until 1976, by Gov. Christopher S. Bond.
Related marker.
Early memorial to the Haun's Mill massacre, painted on the millstone. image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, 1907
3. Early memorial to the Haun's Mill massacre, painted on the millstone.
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is the metal marker, now missing, placed here in 2003 explaining the historical facts in more detail.
Also see . . .
1. Haun's Mill massacre. (Submitted on September 17, 2009.)
2. Extermination order. (Submitted on September 17, 2009.)
3. John Cleminson, Who Testified Against Joseph Smith. Excerpt:
As a Mormon living in Missouri in 1838, he was sent as an emissary to negotiate with an army that was either going to kill all Mormons or move them out of Missouri. The Mormons left, but, disagreeing with a secret and violent Mormon group called the Danites, John stayed in Missouri and testified against Joseph Smith.
(Submitted on August 11, 2020.) 
Additional keywords. religious discrimination, religious intolerance
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2009. This page has been viewed 5,899 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 17, 2009.   2, 3. submitted on July 24, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. A better photo of the concrete monument • A wide shot showing the stone monument and its surroundings • Can you help?

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