Mountain Meadow Massacre Memorial, St. George

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  • We visited all three memorials and site with the names of those killed. It was very well done and enticed me to find out more about the massacre. We will learn from history.  more »
  • My experiences with this memorial is very sad. I couldn't believe a so called peace loving people could do that to another.  more »
  • Nice to see that the State and the LDS church has not buried this part of history. Very nice memorial  more »
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  • This is a truly fascinating and tragic piece of American and Utah history. It's a very sobering place to visit. There are 4 sites in close proximity. The first is a main hilltop monument to the settlers who were killed. It lists the names of the victims and provides a vantage point for the other sites. The second is in the meadow below where the militia laid siege to the wagon train. The main rock cairn and monument is here. There is a trail around the siege site. There is also a rest room here. The third site is down the road a very short distance. This is the monument to the men and boys who were killed. The fourth site is shortly beyond that and is a monument to the women and children who were killed.
  • It was humbling and an eye opener to learn that the mormons aren't all good. They killed all these people in cold blood. Women and children unarmed men.
  • This was the first September 11th attack. Truly a dark and heart breaking chapter of Utah history. If you are going to visit the site, I would suggest reading up on the history of the event as many of the important details of the attack are left out in the various plaques and signs. There are several good books on the topic. I would suggest both the books by Will Bagley & Juanita Brooks. Both are very well researched and manage to be compelling and gut wrenching at the same time. There is even book written by the man who was ultimately put to death for his role in the event - Brigham Young's adopted son John D. Lee. To really get the full impact of this site before you visit, learn as much as you can about the event, the victims and the aftermath. We visited the main memorial site and stayed for about 30 minutes. It is located down a fairly well maintained dirt road. I think we drove for about 3/4 of a mile on the dirt road or so get there. The memorial has been torn down a couple of times by local over the last 150 who maybe would prefer that this travesty be forgotten. Fortunately, the LDS Church stepped in in the late 1990's and promised to preserve the site for future generations. Many of the remains of the 120+ unarmed men women and children who were slaughtered here are buried at this site and at least 2 others in the area. The names of the victims are carved on tomb stones lining the fences and a large pile of stones sits in the middle of the monument. It was a somber experience to visit. For that reason, this place needs to always be remembered.
  • I had to read the book by Juanita Brooks to understand why this mass murder occurred. There is no adequate explanation at the site. Of course only limited explanation is given for it is located in the heart of Zion.
  • A spot that I think, in particular, every Mormon should visit. A black spot on the history books for sure, but the location and monument are very well done. Highly recommend.
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