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Burlington in Racine County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mormons in Early Wisconsin

 
 
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By Paul F, July 1, 2010
1. Mormons in Early Wisconsin Marker
Inscription. Among those contributing to the nationís westward expansion in the nineteenth century and to Wisconsinís early development were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). In 1835, Moses Smith helped establish Burlington and in 1837 organized Wisconsinís first Mormon congregation. His cabin stood across the river from here. Mormons helped develop communities in southwest and western Wisconsin (Jenkynsville in 1837, Blanchardville in 1842, and near La Crosse in 1844-1845), where they mined lead ore and farmed, and at sites along the Black River (1841-1844), where they harvested pine and floated it down the Mississippi River to build the Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois. Oliver Cowdery, second only to Joseph Smith in the churchís early history, was a lawyer and newspaper editor in Elkhorn. After Smithís 1844 murder in Illinois, Wisconsin Mormons either joined the migration to Utah or formed separatist churches here. Few remained after 1850; then by 1875 Mormons re-established a growing presence in Wisconsin.
 
Erected 1992 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 307.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 40.943′ 
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By Paul F, July 1, 2010
2. Mormons in Early Wisconsin Marker
Looking west toward river.
N, 88° 16.605′ W. Marker is in Burlington, Wisconsin, in Racine County. Marker can be reached from Milwaukee Street 0.1 miles west of Congress Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Echo Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Burlington WI 53105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Troy Railroad (approx. 9.8 miles away); Old Muskego (approx. 9.9 miles away); Maple Park (approx. 10.2 miles away); Andy Gump (approx. 10.3 miles away); Brass Ball Corners (approx. 11.4 miles away); Dodges Corners Cemetery (approx. 12.4 miles away); First Swedish Settlers in Wisconsin (approx. 12.6 miles away); Mukwonago (approx. 12.8 miles away).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Mormons in Early Wisconsin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 1, 2010
3. Mormons in Early Wisconsin Marker
Another view looking west toward river.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 688 times since then and 68 times this year. Last updated on June 1, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 9, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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