Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nauvoo - Missouri Historical Sites

Monday morning the trip adventures really began! Chrissy had done tons of research and come up with an itinerary for us to hit all the major historical spots of the early saints in the area. It was so nice to not have to worry about planning anything this leg of the trip...thanks to Chrissy!
It was a busy day but the kids did really well in the car for us. It helped that we were getting out to look at sites quite frequently and burning off some energy. We hit most the Missouri sites that day and also made a stop at Oklahoma Joe's for a yummy BBQ lunch. This restaurant was featured on an episode of Man vs. Food so Mike was really excited to try it out :-).
Our first stop was the Temple Lot. We were given a tour in the visitor's center there and it was a great starting point for our little journey, giving us the background on many of the other locations we would go on to visit.
(and Ella was so good with her little cousins, as you will see from pictures of the week)
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We also walked through the Community of Christ's temple there. It is definitely an interesting building, but didn't feel like a religious one inside at all.
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We saw where the four cornerstones were found in the lawn across from their temple, but weren't able to go in their visitor's center to see the actual stones because it was closed for bible school when we were there.
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After our yummy lunch it was back on the road and our next stop was at Liberty Jail. Preston was a little worried about going to jail :-), so I think he was relieved by what he saw when we got there. We had another tour from another cute sister missionary :-). All the kids got to assist her at the beginning by walking around holding pictures of what the building looked like at various points in history and felt pretty cool. It was interesting to see what types of techniques were used to make the jail secure...thick walls filled with rocks that would shift if someone tried to get through them, the doors, etc. It's hard to imagine living in that cold dark basement cell for so long!
More on the history here.
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Then it was on to Far West . The area was beautiful and the church had a nice little memorial for the spot where the temple had been dedicated before the saints were once again forced to leave.
More on the history here.
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The last stop for the day was at the site of Haun's Mill. I was most looking forward to this spot of all the day's visits because this is a story that I really remembered hearing and being affected by when I was younger. There isn't any big monument there or anything, but to think of all that had been there, the sad events that happened and what you see when you are there now is pretty remarkable. The kids loved walking around and exploring the area.
This is a short little video that touches on the tragedy there and if you have more time, you can listen to this one that gives a detailed account.
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Addie was crying from being scared of being up high and instantly stopped and smiled when I told her to say cheese :-).
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getting a little green caterpillar
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It was a bit of drive to our hotel for the night (we thought we would be in the RV so our hotels were all last minute reservations) but it ended up being so nice and having a great pool. When we saw it, we couldn't resist a quick swim...even if it was already 9pm :-).
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2 comments:

Diane Freeman said...

great memories!

the Holyoaks said...

I love visiting the church history sites in Missouri. My grandparents live in St. Louis so I have fond memories of Nauvoo and Independence when I was little. The last time we went was when Audrey was barely two! Seeing your pictures reminds me that it's time to go back! What an awesome trip for you guys! It really is so fun doing it with family too. That's what we did last time and I loved it!