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Nauvoo in Hancock County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Icarian Community in Nauvoo

 
 
The Icarian Community in Nauvoo Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
1. The Icarian Community in Nauvoo Marker
Inscription.  A communal society of French Icarians was established at Nauvoo in 1849. Led by Etienne Cabet, a French political theorist, the Icarians believed that all property must be held communally. The community was incorporated by the Illinois General Assembly in early 1851. At that time it had 355 members. They operated their own sawmill and grist mill and a commercial distillery. Disputes later arose over Cabet's leadership, and the Icarians began to resettle in other states. The Nauvoo community survived, however, until about 1860 -- longer that any other secular communal society in Illinois.
 
Erected 1975 by The Descendants of Icaria and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Illinois State Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location. 40° 32.614′ N, 91° 23.124′ W. Marker is in Nauvoo, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is on Park Street north of Parley Street, on the right when traveling
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north. Marker is located on the east side of the parking lot of the Nauvoo Historical Museum, in the Nauvoo State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nauvoo IL 62354, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln and Nauvoo (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); History Along The Mississippi River Parkway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Nauvoo (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nauvoo, Illinois (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joseph and Emma Smith's Mansion House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nauvoo Survey Stone (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bidamon Stable (approx. 0.4 miles away); Smith Family Homestead (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nauvoo.
 
The Icarian Community in Nauvoo Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
2. The Icarian Community in Nauvoo Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 738 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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