A Meeting House for the Saints
The 22 by 32 foot town hall, or "Council House", was the social center of the refugee camp. Here, social gatherings, religious meetings and dances helped lighten the hearts of the Saints allowing them to temporarily forget the cold and misery of winter. The log structure was one-and-a-half stories high, with wooden floors, fireplaces, and windows. It was located in the area where the firehouse now stands. A nearby cemetery, containing the graves of several hundred emigrants, attest to the harshness of the winter and the crude living conditions they experienced while waiting for spring and the opportunity to continue the journey west.
"Went thro' the City, nine weeks ago there was not a foot path or a Cow track, [but] now may be seen hundreds of houses, and hundreds in different stages of completion. [It is] impossible to distinguish the rich from the poor; the Streets are wide and regular and [there is] every prospect of a large City Being raised up here."
Wilford Woodruff's Journal, January 28, 1847
"In company with Mrs. Woodruff & Sisters Taylor & Smoot. I went to the Council House in company with the quorum of the Twelve & Seventies. We spent the day in the worship of God by prayer, singing Music & going forth in the dance together before the Lord. We were merry and rejoiced before the Lord."
Amelia Hadley, May 7, 1851
"Passed the old Mormon burying ground, and town...there [their] burying ground covers an acre and were just as thick as they could dig the graves. It beat anything I ever saw."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail series list.
Location. 41° 20.551′ N, 95° 57.735′ W. Marker is in Florence, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on North 30th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68112, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on November 14, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 12, 2015, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.