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History of Mountain Meadow, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Unsuccessful attempts were made by various groups and individuals to erect a more suitable monument at Mountain Meadows but no one assumed maintenance responsibility. The most enduring was a wall which still stands at the siege site. It was erected in 1932 and surrounds the 1859 cairn. On 23 July 1988 a bipartisan meeting was held at the siege site to discuss the possibility of erecting a more adequate memorial to those who lost their lives. Two independent and parallel efforts resulted--one by people in southern Utah and one by Francher party and John D. Lee descendants. Eventually these two groups merged and cooperatively completed a new granite memorial. It was financed by the state of Utah and by contributions from private sources. It is situated near the highway (U-19) and overlooks the siege and massacre sites; and it was dedicated 15 September 1990. The Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation is now responsible for its maintenance.

See: Nels Anderson, Desert Saints (1966); Juanita Brooks, Mountain Meadow Massacre (1950); Norman F. Furniss, The Mormon Conflict, 1850-59 (1960); John D. Lee, Mormonism Unveiled and Confessions of John D. Lee (1892).

Morris A. Shirts


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