Near Griggsville in Pike County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In October 1842, Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball preached at a church conference held here. The settlement, which later became known as Mormontown, extended on both sides of the road at this location. Cabins were built and wells dug. A schoolhouse and a church were erected on the south side of the road. The cemetery, which measured 60 by 80 feet, fell into disrepair in later years. Gravestones were bulldozed into a ditch and the graveyard plowed over. The church building was relocated to Pittsfield and used as a parish hall by St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The pews and pulpit were moved to a church near Pleasant Hill.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 39° 36.968′ N, 90° 43.812′ W. Marker is near Griggsville, Illinois, in Pike County. Marker is on Illinois Route 106 0.2 miles west of 427th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Griggsville IL 62340, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Earl C Smith (approx. 3 miles away); Commemorating (approx. 4.1 miles away); Pike County's Lincoln (approx. 4.1 miles away); Lincoln's Pike County (approx. 4.1 miles away); Reuben Scanland House (approx. 4.3 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 11.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Mormontown. Mel Martin's 2008 history of the Mormontown settlement. (Submitted on November 7, 2014.)
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers •
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