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El Paso in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery

The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 15, 2008
1. The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The leaders of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints were looking to Mexico as a possible colonization site. By the spring of 1875, nearly 100 pages of selected passages from the Book of Mormon had been translated into Spanish for the dual purpose of preaching the gospel and locating possible colonization sites. In the fall of 1879, Moses Thatcher was sent to Mexico for further colonization.
In early 1885, Mormon President John Taylor designated a gathering place for Arizona members who felt in danger of persecution under the Edmunds-Tucker Act. Hasty preparations were made for the departure of plural-marriage families bound for Mexico in February of 1885. Thus, in a little more than a decade, some 4,000 saints had settled in Mexico, and eight major colonies had been founded in Chihuahua and Sonora. The settlers found the land very fertile and raised crops of hay, cotton, all types of vegetables, and many fruit and pecan trees.
The Mormon colonies were prospering when their peace was disrupted by the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Due to the plundering and killing rampages of Pancho Villa, the Church
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leadership found cause to worry about the families, and the women and children were located at the base of the Franklin Mountains. Shortly thereafter, the men followed, establishing temporary tent cities in El Paso, Texas. Most would never again see the land and homes they had come to love in Mexico.
The small plot in Concordia Cemetery is the final resting place of some of these early, valiant settlers in Mexico who escaped the revolution and sought refuge in Texas. Sixty-four graves are located in two tiers in the plot. In tier one, lie adults: and in tier two, lie stillborns and children. Five members of one family - a mother, her son, and two daughters - are buried in the cemetery. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and of the Colonies are buried in the plot. A male member, who was born on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and lived to be 107 years old, rests in tier one: his sister, born in Mt. Pisgah on the trek, has a final resting place in the Mormon plot at Concordia Cemetery.
Erected 2001 by Daughers of Utah Pioneers - Mt Franklin Camp / El Paso Company. (Marker Number 529.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion
The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, June 15, 2008
2. The Mormon Plot in Concordia Cemetery Marker
Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1885.
Location. 31° 46.831′ N, 106° 26.841′ W. Marker is in El Paso, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Yandell Drive and North Stevens Street. Marker and Mormon Plot are located inside the Concordia Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3700 East Yandell Drive, El Paso TX 79903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Wesley Hardin (within shouting distance of this marker); Concordia Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Bliss Buffalo Soldiers Memorial (about 600 feet away); Site of Camp Concordia and Fort Bliss (approx. 0.4 miles away); Henry O. Flipper (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon (approx. half a mile away); Henry C. Trost (approx. half a mile away); Victoriano Huerta (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Paso.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,494 times since then and 50 times this year. Last updated on November 16, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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