In Memoriam (10/01/2006) The words of the memorial to the settlers led by John T. Baker and Alexander Fancher who were massacred on this site in 1857.
Viewpoint Trail (10/01/2006) This picture shows the trail to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial framed by the Pine Valley Mountains.
Park Bench (10/01/2006) This aging park bench along the short walk to the memorial takes advantage of a small section of shade along the trail.
Rabbit Bush in Bloom (10/01/2006) Bright yellow rabbit bush lines the road to the Mountain Meadows Massacre memorial in Southern Utah.
Mountain Meadows Memorial (10/01/2006) This memorial built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sits on area of the seige that took place on September 7, 1857.
Trail Bridge (10/01/2006) A bridge crosses the small brook running through Mountain Meadows.
MMM Trail (10/01/2006) The trail to the Mountain Meadows Massacre site crosses this beautiful little bridge.
Entrance Gate (10/01/2006) The primary memorial is surrounded by a well constructed fence. Unfortunately, the fence makes it challenging to get good pictures of the memorial propper. But I love a well constructed fence.
Tribute (10/01/2006) This tribute was placed on the fence to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site near the gate. The gate to the memorial makes a beautiful clanging noises that rings through the meadows.
Mountain Meadows Memorial (10/01/2006) This memorial to the Mountain Meadows Masscre sits on the site of the original seige that took place on September 7th.
Memorial and Flag (10/01/2006) The new memorial was built in the 1990s by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons).
Masonry (10/01/2006) The memorial includes both quality masonry and materials.
Dedication (10/01/2006) The new LDS Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 1999.
mblim Cemetery (10/01/2006) Historic sites dealing with the Mountain Meadows Massacre (such as the Hamblin Cemetery) have a strange habit of being vandalized.
Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial
The Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in 1857 when LDS Pioneers from Cedar City and Parowan disguised themselves as indians and attacked the Fancher Wagon train of emigrants which was heading along the Spanish Trail for California. The estimated toll of the massacre ranges from 100 to 140.
The massacre occurred in two stages: On September 7th a group of Mormon pioneers and Paiutes attacked the wagon train. On September 11th, John D. Lee and Mormon settlers approached the wagon train claiming to have negotiated a treatise with the indians. While leading the Fancher party back to Cedar City, the LDS Settlers separated the Fancher Party into three small groups then killed them.
After the massacre, the Mormon settlers swore an oath of secrecy making it difficult to determine who was involved in the massacre. There is also a great deal of controversy over the role that Brigham Young played in the events.
For many years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Utah state appeared to be trying to put the massacre behind them. Early memorials built on the site were routinely vandalized. State, church and local authorities were not open to building a memorial.
At the turn of the last century, opinions changed. Both Utah State and the LDS Church recognized that they needed to accept both the good and bad parts of the state's history. Utah State constructed a memorial overlooking the massacre site in 1990. The LDS Church built a memorial on the seige site, which was dedicated in 1999.