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

Nauvoo House

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
1. Nauvoo House Marker
Inscription. In 1841 church members were commanded to build two “houses,” a house for the Lord (the Nauvoo Temple) and a house for man to be known as the Nauvoo House. It was to be “a delightful habitation for man, and a resting-place for the weary traveler.” Joseph Smith donated the property and a “Nauvoo House Association” was incorporated to sell stock and oversee construction. The $100,000 building was to be “L form, presenting a front on two streets of 120 feet each, 40 feet deep, and three stories high, exclusive of the basement story.” Only the foundation and part of the first floor were completed during Smith's lifetime.

Around 1865 Lewis Bidamon, second husband of Smith's widow Emma, began tearing down the original structure. The stone was used to build the Bidamon Stable to the north and the brick to complete the Nauvoo House as it appears today. Lewis and Emma eventually moved in and operated it as a hotel called the “Riverside Mansion” until Emma's death on April 30, 1879. Still known as the “Nauvoo House,” the building today serves as a hostel for family reunions and youth groups.
 
Erected 2003 by Community of Christ.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mormon Pioneer Trail marker series.
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By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
2. Nauvoo House Marker

 
Location. 40° 32.405′ N, 91° 23.492′ W. Marker is in Nauvoo, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is on South Main Street south of Water Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 South Main Street, Nauvoo IL 62354, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bidamon Stable ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Homestead ( within shouting distance of this marker); Nauvoo Survey Stone ( within shouting distance of this marker); Mansion House ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Red Brick Store ( about 500 feet away); Nauvoo, Illinois ( approx. 0.3 miles away); The Icarian Community in Nauvoo ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Exodus to Greatness ( approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nauvoo.
 
Also see . . .  Nauvoo House. Joseph Smith Historic Site (Submitted on May 18, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
Nauvoo House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 19, 2012
3. Nauvoo House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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