Nauvoo in Hancock County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Prophet's Last Ride
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 24, 1849.
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 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.
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.
— Submitted January 16, 2019, by Emily Pursley of Pittsfield, Illinois.
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