Far West, Missouri
There are several short histories of Far West (a historic site-Missouri Mormon History); Caldwell County has one, one from the LDS Church, another one from lesson manual LDS Church, one from understanding Mormonism and even one from Wikipedia.
For a Youth Conference we did a series of vignettes about the history of the early saints in Jackson County and Clay and Caldwell County. Our hope was to make the history of the early saints come to life for the youth. If you would like a copy of these vignettes about the early history of the Mormons in Missouri go here.
Today Far West is a historic site seven miles (11.26 km) south of U.S. Highway 36 on State Route D. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsmaintains a historic site there, including the cornerstones of the planned temple. Some Latter Day Saints expect that a temple will be located on this spot at some time in the future. The Community of Christ, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has a branch congregation that meets in Far West.
I want to share photographs of Far West as it appears today…far different than what it was in it’s prime in 1838 when it was the largest city in Missouri.
The LDS Church recently (May 2012) purchased the Far West Burial Grounds.
Smith family tradition has it that the Hyrum Smith farmstead was across the street from the burial grounds. Pictures were taken about the time the church released the news of their purchase of the burial grounds.