Morley Settlement Marker. The Morley Settlement was situated about 25 miles south of Nauvoo. It was named after Isaac Morley, the local church leader. When the settlement was burned by a mob in September of 1845, residents fled to Nauvoo for safety.
BYU students live and study in the right wing of the Joseph Smith Academy, Low-res image (45k), High-res image (280k). The Sisters of St. Benedict, St. Mary Monastery occupy the left wing, awaiting the construction of their new monastery.
Old Road to Carthage. Joseph and Hyrum Smith traveled on this road on their way to the Carthage Jail in June 1844. This picture was taken on the corner of Parley Street in Nauvoo. Read the sayings on the Carthage Jail plaques.
Web Blacksmith Shop Sign. The sign says, "Five Webb brothers were involved in this blacksmith and wagon shop. They were among the last to leave in 1846, staying to build wagons for others.". Low-res image (41 K). High-res image (216 K).
Luck Mack Smith's wagon. Low-res image (5 K). High-res image (65 K). Before departing Nauvoo in 1846, Brigham Young and Church leaders wanted Lucy Mack Smith (the mother of the Prophet Joseph Smith) to be as comfortable as possible. A small home and wagon were prepared for her.
The sign in the picture says, "This property belonged to John Taylor, Third President of the Mormon Church. Born Nov. 1, 1808, Milnthorpe, England. Presided over the Church Aug. 29, 1877 until his death July 25, 1887 at Kaysville, Utah.
Mobsters at Carthage Jail, after shooting & killing Joseph & Hyrum Smith, also shot John Taylor, but the bullet struck Taylor's watch, thus saving his life.
Editor of Times & Seasons 3 1/2 years and the Nauvoo Neighbor Newspapers for a short time."
Log cabins are being constructed around Nauvoo. Many residents in the 1840s lived in such small homes.
Carthage Jail. On June 27, 1844, Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred by a mob in Carthage, Illinois. Joseph fell from the upper window and landed next to the well below.
Montrose Landing. Forced from their homes in Nauvoo, thousands of Latter-day Saints crossed the Mississippi River and landed on the western shore at a place which is now known as Montrose, Iowa. Charles and Julia Ann Shumway were the first to cross in flat boats on February 4, 1846. They led their company of pioneers across the river, which was full of large chunks of floating ice.
Joseph, Emma, and Hyrum Smith memorial at the Smith Family Cemetery. The Joseph Smith Homestead is to the left.
Sunset at Parley Street Landing. We spoke with a Church member working on the temple. He spoke about the special feeling he had when examing the water drain uncovered at the foundations of the temple--of the workmanship that made those stone fit, and that the last time hands touched them was more than 150 years ago.
Two eagles in a tree. A striking scene we saw while standing along the banks of the Mississippi--vigorous northbound traffic of geese, mergansers, seagulls, and eagles swiftly making their way north.
Pioneer Memorial. Built at the west end of Parley Street, the Pioneer Memorial lists the names of those who started west but died before reaching Salt Lake City.
Pioneer Memorial Names. Pioneers are "Remembered unto the Saviour".