Central, Utah: Mountain Meadows Massacre Mass Grave

Rebuilt in 1999, now three different memorials mark the spot where Mormons pretending to be Indians attacked and murdered 120 westbound pioneers on Sept. 11, 1857, beating most of them to death with rocks or gun stocks.

Address:
Hwy 18, Central, UT
Directions:
I-15 exit 6, then drive 31.5 miles north on Hwy 18 -- or drive 19.5 miles south on Hwy 18 from its junction with Hwy 56. Turn off of Hwy 18 at the Mountain Meadows Monument sign and drive a mile west. Just before you go up a small rise into the parking lot, there's a road on the left. If you take it, you'll go to the mass grave monument in the valley.
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Mountain Meadows Massacre Mass Grave.

Mountain Meadows Massacre Mass Grave

Wish there was more history or the names of the pioneers who were murdered.

[Laura, 05/24/2016]

Mountain Meadows Massacre site.

Mountain Meadows Massacre

A beautiful and peaceful site. It's a little off the beaten path, but a nice drive through the country.

[April N, 09/30/2013]

Peaceful now. But in 1857 it was the place where Mormons pretending to be Indians attacked and murdered westbound pioneers, which is why there is a monument.

Mountain Meadows Massacre Mass Grave.

Mountain Meadows Massacre Mass Grave

Quick off the beaten path stop. Would like to have seen more history information at the site.

[Tammy, 05/21/2013]

The 1857 series of attacks on a wagon train of families from Arkansas was conducted by the Nauvoo Legion, local Mormons who disguised themselves as Indians. The story was long suppressed.


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