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

The Prophet's Last Ride

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
1. The Prophet's Last Ride Marker
Inscription.  On the morning of June 24, 1844, Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum left their families, homes, and fellow Saints for the last time. Traveling on horseback, they paused on this bluff. Joseph looked admiringly at the unfinished temple and the city of Nauvoo and declared:

This is the loveliest place and the best people under the heavens; little do they know the trials that await them.

Joseph and Hyrum then continued on to Carthage, Illinois, where they faced legal charges and eventual death at the hands of a mob.

Sculpted by Stan Watts and Kim Company, 2003
 
Erected 2003.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 40° 33.029′ N, 91° 23.13′ W. Marker is in Nauvoo, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is on North Wells Street north of Mulholland Treet (Illinois Route 96), on the left when traveling north. Marker is across from the Nauvoo Temple. 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
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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
2. The Prophet's Last Ride Marker
within walking distance of this marker. The Icarian Community in Nauvoo (approx. half a mile away); Mansion House (approx. ¾ mile away); Nauvoo Survey Stone (approx. ¾ mile away); Bidamon Stable (approx. ¾ mile away); The Homestead (approx. ¾ mile away); Nauvoo, Illinois (approx. ¾ mile away); Red Brick Store (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nauvoo House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nauvoo.
 
Additional comments.
1. Chauncey Higbee and the Smiths
Chauncey L. Higbee, along with 6 other men, including his brother Francis, were somewhat directly involved in the murders of Jacob and Hyrum. It is a long chain of events: Higbee and the others are of the Church, Higbee is accused of immoral acts, Higbee is excommunicated, Higbee and the others create a newspaper, in the one and only printing of the newspaper is an attack on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the community at Nauvoo, Joseph and the town board call for the destruction of the paper, then comes the story we all know of Joseph and Hyrum being charged and murdered in Carthage. Chauncey Higbee later reconciled his past and made a new life for himself. In Pike County, he served as a judge, as well as serving in several other political positions on the county and state levels.

I just
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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
3. The Prophet's Last Ride
thought this was an interesting connection to my local history. This is a lesser known part of the story, as many people in Pike County know nothing of Chauncey Higbee ever even being in Nauvoo. I wanted to add this because it is important for us history lovers to keep making connections and learning more. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted January 16, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
4. The Prophet's Last Ride
Nauvoo Temple in the background.
The Prophet's Last Ride Statue and Nauvoo Temple image. Click for full size.
By Emily Pursley, January 5, 2019
5. The Prophet's Last Ride Statue and Nauvoo Temple
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on January 17, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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