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1833 Lawsuit Gets Mormons' Notice
January 4, 2006
As part of a joint local records preservation project between Jackson County and the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, legal documents concerning acts of violence against Mormon settlers have...
A Brief History Of Old Westport
Originally published in The Kansas City Star in March 1933, this is part two. It discusses the Mormons, Santa Fe trade, Westport's chief advantages, John Sutter, and John Fremont.
A Clay Countian's Letters of 1834
Copies of letters, with editorial commentary, by John Chauncey of Liberty about the conditions in Clay County, Missouri in 1834. Description of the economy, commerce and agriculture, and trouble with Joseph...
A Community Abandoned: W. W. Phelps' 1839 Letter to Sally Waterman Phelps from Far West, Missouri
Article containing a letter written by Phelps dated May 1, 1839, as well as an analysis of the contents. Also a photograph of Phelp's house in Far West, Missouri, and of his tombstone in Salt Lake City,...
A Question of Honor? A.W. Doniphan and the Mormon Expulsion of Jackson County
Article primarily details Doniphan's legal involvement with the Mormons in Jackson County, Missouri, in the 1830s.
A Shining Light
April 6, 2012
Article about the new temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints built in Clay County, Missouri along Interstate 435. Open only to members of the church in good standing, “the three-story,...
A Short Biographical Sketch of Lilburn W. Boggs, by His Son
Biographical article about Lilburn Boggs (1792-1860), "Ex-Governor of the State of Missouri" from 1836 to 1840 and a former Santa Fe trader in Independence, Missouri. Native of Kentucky moving to Saint...
A Snapshot of Alexander W. Doniphan, 1808-1887
Biographical article about Colonel Alexander Doniphan (1808-1873), a lawyer, judge, and military officer of Clay County, Missouri known for his refusal to slaughter the Mormons in 1830s Missouri against...
Biography of Alexander W. Doniphan, a Missouri military leader originally from Kentucky, gaining prominence during the 1846 Mexican War and 1838 Mormon War, memorialized in a statue in Ray County, Missouri,...
Arly L. Hedrick Bridge and Troost Lake Marker
January 11, 2006
The column "Postcards of Historic Northeast" features the Arly L. Hedrick Bridge as seen in 1921 at 27th Street. The bridge was built in 1919 in Troost Park by the firm of Hedrick & Hedrick and is now...
Chapter about Elijah Barney Ward, or Barney Ward (1813-1865), "[a] builder of Fort Hall [1834)" and "the man who directed the Death Valley '49ers on their supposed 'shortcut' to California." Native of...
Before the Arabia Sank: Mormon Passengers up the Missouri in 1856
Article gives the history of the Arabia steamboat, the digging up of the sunken boat, the museum located in Kansas City to hold the remains, and of the Mormon passengers going up the Missouri to ports...
Biographies Given at the Old Settlers Reunion, July 1872
Reprint from the Kansas City Times, July 7, 1872, page 2 with biographical descriptions of General Samuel Lucas (pictured) and Smallwood Noland, early Christian settlers of Independence, Missouri. Description...
Bones in the Well: The Haun's Mill Massacre, 1838: A Documentary History
"More than most documentary histories, "Bones in the Well" serves up large chunks of history--raw. No journalist wrote a contemporary account of the slaughter on Shoal Creek, but this work collects the...
Building the Kingdom of God: Alpheus Cutler and the Second Mormon Mission to the Indians, 1846-1853
Article about the Mormon Indian mission in Kansas, southwest of Fort Leavenworth, organized in the 1840s by Alpheus Cutler, and with description of the Mormon Trail to Utah, with illustrations and photos....
Clay County, Missouri Friends: Allen, Arthur, Thornton, Doniphan
While the article gives genealogical information about the Shubael Allen, Michael Arthur, John Thornton, and Alexander Doniphan families, it discusses many of the river landings and ferries during the...
Crossing the Great Plains: A Sesquicentennial Look at the 1847 Mormon Pioneer Trek West
Article "analyz[ing] the motives forcing the Mormons to venture west [from 1847 to 1897], observ[ing] several unique features that made the Mormon Trail experience different from that of other overland...
DAR, Elizabeth Benton Chapter Scrapbook Finding Aid
A Kansas City Times article dated Nov. 12, 1979, stated that the Elizabeth Benton DAR chapter, located in Kansas City, Mo., was the first Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution formed west...
David Rice Atchison, Frontier Politician
Illustrations and biographical article about David Rice Atchison, or David Atchison (1807-1866), a pro-slavery judge of Clay County, Missouri in the 1830s and national senator from Missouri. Involved in...
Dedication of the Hiram Page Grave Site in a Beautiful Rain
Text from talk given by Dr. Lorene E. Pollard, a granddaughter of John Whitmer, brother-in-law of Hiram Page, one of the speakers at the dedication of the Hiram Page monument. No date given for when the...
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