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The Mountain Meadows Association (MMA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that works to identify, remember, and honor those killed in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857. Our goal is to protect and preserve the graves of the victims, and the surrounding Mountain Meadows, Utah area, and to remember those who were killed in deference to the wishes of the descendant families.|
The Fancher Train, under the leadership of Captain Alexander Fancher, left from Benton County, Arkansas. The Huff Train also left from Benton County. The Poteet-Tackett-Jones Trains (all relatives) originally left from Johnson County and traveled up through Washington County. The Baker Train left from Carroll County, near present day Harrison. The Cameron and Miller Trains (previously from the Osage area) left from Johnson County, while the Mitchell, Dunlap and Prewitt Trains departed from Marion County. These trains all left at different times and were under the organization of each individual wagon train master. There were probably individuals and elements of other wagon trains that joined these trains along their journey, as was the custom at that time. Because of this, it will never be known with certainty the names of all of those who were members of the trains on the fateful day they reached Mountain Meadows, in the Utah Territory.
There are currently two Monuments on the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site:
The 1990 Monument, located on Dan Sill Hill, overlooks the site of the Massacre in the Mountain Meadows Valley, in southern Utah. This memorial lists the names of the Arkansas Emigrants who died there on September 11th, 1857, along with the names of the children who survived and were returned to their relatives in 1859.
The 1999 Monument marks the lower grave site at the place where the original rock cairn was erected:
History Of The Grave Sites:
1857: The Arkansas Emigrants buried the bodies of ten men killed during the five-day siege somewhere within the circled wagons of the encampment located west of the current (1999) monument in the valley.
1859: Brevet Major James H. Carleton, commanding some eighty soldiers of the First Dragoons from Fort Tejon, California, gathered scattered bones representing the partial remains of thirty-six of the emigrants, interred them near the wagon camp, and erected a stone cairn at the site. The STONE CAIRN was topped with a cedar cross and a small granite marker was set against the north side of the cairn and dated 20 May 1859. (Before Carleton's arrival, Captains Reuben T. Campbell and Charles Brewer along with 207 men from Camp Floyd, Utah, collected and buried the remains of twenty-six emigrants in three different graves on the west side of the California Road about one and one-half miles north of the original encampment. Brewer reported that "the remains of [an additional] 18 were buried in one grave, 12 in another and 6 in another." Most of the Arkansas Emigrants died at various locations northeast of the 1859 memorial.)
1932: The Utah Trails and Landmarks Association built a protective stone wall around the 1859 grave site in September 1932, and installed a BRONZE MARKER.
1999: Under the direction of President Gordon B. Hinckley and with the cooperation of the Mountain Meadows Association and others, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints replaced the 1932 wall and installed the present (1999) Grave Site Memorial.