Soda Springs in Caribou County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
First In Soda Springs
Niels Anderson Homestead
Ten-year-old Mary Christoffersen emigrated from Denmark to Iowa as a new convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, in 1857. Niels Anderson, then 25, emigrated from Denmark to the Mormon community of Florence, Nebraska, in 1860, and continued west as a handcart pioneer. A few years later, both Mary and Niels joined a religious community called "Morrisites," a small dissident group that split from the Latter-day Saints and gathered at Kingston Fort, near today's Ogden, Utah. On June 13, 1862, Utah territorial militia troops demanding the surrender of Morrisite leaders fired a warning cannon shot toward the fort. The shot critically wounded and disfigured 15-year-old Mary and killed two other women.
In May 1863, Colonel
When active Mormons began settling in Soda Springs, their presence and bloc-voting political clout outraged remaining Morrisites. Niels and others launched and anti-polygamy campaign that ultimately denied Mormons the right to vote in Idaho. Their anti-Mormon fraction controlled Idaho politics until 1908.
Erected by Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Location. 42° 39.211′ N, 111° 36.885′ W. Marker is in Soda Springs, Idaho, in Caribou County. Marker is on South 3rd Street West near West 3rd Street South, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 290 South 3rd Street West, Soda Springs ID 83276, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clash Of Cultures (here, next to this marker); Law & Order On The Frontier (a few steps from this marker); A New Beginning... (a few steps from this marker); Father De Smet Monument (approx. half a mile away); Not A Walk In The Park... (approx. half a mile away); Wagon Box Grave of 1861 (approx. half a mile away); Ground Observation Corps Soda Springs Post (approx. half a mile away); Ground Observer Corps National Planning (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Soda Springs.
Regarding First In Soda Springs. The markers are in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church parking lot.
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