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The Mountain Meadows Massacre

September 7-11, 1857

 Click here for the updated Mountain Meadows Homepage.

It is called Mountain Meadows Dot Org. Make sure you bookmark the new address at www.mtnmeadows.org At the new site you can also see photographs by Frank Kirkman, Anne Leavitt, J.K. Fancher Jr. and Genevieve Fancher taken during a Memorial Re-interment Service on September 10, 1999.

 

 

Painting by Genevieve Fancher - Copyrighted


 This page has downloadable photographs of the Mountain Meadows Massacre site taken in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2000. In addition, there are links to descendants and relatives of survivors. Finally there are links to related accounts of the massacre, and a bibliography.


Hello. My name is Terryl "Terry" Nolan Fancher and this is a brief outline with pictures of the massacre site over a fifteen year period of time. The wagon master, Captain Alexander Fancher was my first cousin, four times removed. At the bottom of the page are email links to descendants of the survivors. You can reach me by email at

tnf49@aol.com


My Father J.K. Fancher Jr., along with a group of people, government and religious leaders, were responsible for the construction of a monument in 1990, commonly known as the Dan Sill Hill Monument . Most recently my Father and Mother participated in a Re-Interment Service of the remains of the victims on September 10, 1999, at the Mountain Meadows Seige Site. Pictures from the link above are compliments of Frank Kirkman, Dixie Leavitt and Anne Leavitt.


My Grandfather John Kenner Fancher was responsible for the planning of a monument in Harrison , Arkansas . It was dedicated on September 4, 1955. He visited the massacre site in the early 1960's and began a series of letters to upgrade the monument that had been constructed at the Seige Site on September 10, 1932.


In addition there is a Power Point presentation, with sound. If you do not have a Power Point Reader on your computer you can download a reader version from the site. We hope you enjoy the presentation.

Click here for download link for a Power Point Reader Mountain Meadows Power Point Presentation


The pictures are pictorial accounts of a number of trips my wife Kathleen and I have taken to the site over the past 15 years. Most of the pictures below were taken in October, 1995. If you "click" on the individual images, you can see larger pictures. They can be printed out on your computer. Please remember, the photographs are property of Terry Fancher, and may not be used for commercial purposes, without prior written permission.

The Virtual Tour begins here...

 

The ill-fated Fancher-Baker wagon train began its long trek westward in the spring of 1857 from Beller's Stand, an open area near Milum Spring, about 5 miles south of Harrison, Arkansas. Shown below is the sign on Highway 7 for Caravan Spring (at Beller's stand), now called Milum Spring, the open area of Beller's Stand from where the wagon train left, and the spring itself.

 

 

In September 1955 an historic monument was erected in the town square of Harrison to note the local families who had been on the wagon train traveling west. Three photographs of the monument are given.

 

In 1932 the following plaque was placed at the Mountain Meadows Massacre "siege site." This photograph was taken in 1989.

An updated account of what transpired at Mountain Meadows is given in the following graphic. The marker is physically located near the old "siege site" in southern Utah. It replaced the one shown above in 1990.

The following images were taken between Salt Lake City and Cedar City.

 

The site is located along Route 18 and is roughly 30 miles North of St. George, and roughly 30 miles South West of Cedar City.

From Cedar City, we took Route 56 West. From Route 56 and past Newcastle, we took Route 18 South. We passed through Enterprise. The actual massacre site is not close to any community, but is within a mile of Route 18. There are adequate road signs near the site, and at the entrance to the site. Physically, the Mountain Meadows site is on the westerly side of Route 18.

Here is a picture of Cedar City. Many of these buildings were already in place in the fall of 1857, specifically the old post office.

The pictures below are along the Old Pinto Road. Even today it is not paved, but it isn't in bad shape either. Take Route 56 West and there is a cutoff to the left for the Old Pinto Road. This is the route probably taken by the Fancher-Baker wagon train as they came into the Mountain Meadows on Friday, September 4, 1857. At that time it was also called The Great Meadows.

 

We turned right off the Pinto Road to view the remains of Jacob Hamblin's homestead. This is where the children had been taken directly after the massacre. The site of the former Hamblin homestead is on the left side of the road. On the extreme left side of the picture is the area near the Massacre site. This picture was taken from a point about five miles away from the massacre site, at the former Hamblin homestead.

 

The area of the massacre spreads out in front of passing motorists along Route 18. Here you can see 4 panorama shots spread out over 2-3 miles, with the actual massacre site probably in the third shot from the left, roughly in the middle of the photograph. You can click on any of the photos to see the area better, but the third shot from the left will come out larger.

Shown here is a picture of roughly the third and fourth shot above, taken in 1989.

In the shot on the left, you can basically see how the area is laid out from a graphic at the site of the new monument. This shot closely details the panorama in the preceding four shots. In the second shot from the left you can see the monument on Dan Sill Hill, which was dedicated September 15, 1999. The shot second from on the right is the suggested site of the massacre as shown through the eye of a pipe at the 1990 monument.The shot on the right shows a closeup of the area suggested as the massacre site.

 

The left shot is a daytime shot of the moon, looking southeast from the new monument site. I took this shot because historical records had indicated the moon was a waxing full moon during the time of the massacre and it was close to being full the night we visited the site. The second shot from the left is down at the parking lot near the original site of the Massacre monument. It is about a mile down the turnoff from Route 18 and further down the road from the new memorial site. The middle photograph is that of the rock cairn, constructed with the assistance of the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association and dedicated on September 10, 1932. The cairn was said to contain the remains of 34 massacre victims. The area between the wildflowers and the cairn is where the spring ran in 1857, and still runs to this day. The second shot from the right is of the newer plaque on the rock cairn. This plaque was placed during the dedication of the new monument on September 15, 1990. It replaces the plaque placed in 1932, which has been previously shown. The photograph on the right shows an area just to the west of the original plaque. It is the site on which the Fancher Wagon Train kept their wagons prior to the attack, and from which they attempted to defend themselves. Some of the attackers may have fired their weapons from the low rise in the middle of the picture. PLEASE NOTE: The photographs of the cairn and plaque were taken before the new Siege Site Monument was dedicated on September 10-11, 1999. These pictures do not depict how the area looks now.

 


In September 1999 a new monument was dedicated at the former seige site. In 2000 the photographs show how the grass had grown in, one year after the re-dedication. And so, if you go to our http://www.mtnmeadows.org site you will see that we have added an icon for 2000-2003 pictures. When you click you will see a graphic with links to six pictures. At the top you can take a look at the Dan Sill Hill monument, dedicated in 1990. In the middle you can click on four panorama shots taken along the west side of Route 18, near the site now referred to as the upper burial site, since it was located on the upper, or northern side of the Mountain Meadows. The bottom icon will give you an idea of what the memorial, dedicated in September 1999, looks like at that time.

Mountain Meadows Dot Org


This is a painting my mother Genevieve Fancher did of the Mountain Meadows site based on photographs taken July 23, 1988. The painting is copyright protected.

 


The Fallen Plaques


The nine granite plaques of the new memorial, dedicated in 1990, were repaired in 1998. They had fallen in March 1998 due to a combination of weather and possibly design. They were repaired over the summer and put back in place with design improvements in November 1998.

This link will take you to a series of photographs taken during the fourth of July weekend, 1998. The pictures show how the monument looked while the plaques were down, and how the work crew removed them for repairs. The photographs are the property of Allan Varney. Click on them and they get larger, and can be printed from your printer. Captain Alexander Fancher was Allan's first cousin, five times removed.

Pictures taken by Allan Varney.


The Harrison Daily News ran the following story concerning the problem on March 29, 1998. The story was written by J.K. Fancher. It was titled, "Granite Panels Tumble at Mountain Meadows."

"All nine of the granite inscription panels that make up the face of the new (1990) Mountain Meadows Memorial, near Cedar City , Utah , toppled forward onto the viewing semi-circle plaza sometime during the first week of March. No evidence of vandalism has been found. Causes seem to be natural. The area was rocked by a substantial earthquake shortly after its completion."

"Sources in Cedar City, about 40 miles from Mountain Meadows, say that water seepage between the six-inch thick granite panels and the six-inch thick concrete supporting wall coupled with freezing and thawing process over a period of time caused the separation."

"Todd Prince, at the Iron Mission State Park at Cedar City , said that his organization (along with the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation) was aware of the impending fall as the wall had already shifted a few inches. The entire face fell during the night as they looked for a way to stabilize it."

"Dixie Leavitt, former Utah state senator, indicated that all persons concerned could be assured that the restoration process has already begun. Walker Monument Company, Orem , Utah , originally placed the granite panels and is already involved in the rebuilding design."

"The fallen panels will be temporarily moved to the parking lot to make room for equipment to be moved into the damaged area. One of the name inscription panels was broken in half and most likely will have to be replaced..."


The story did not end at Mountain Meadows. Shown below is a marker at Old Carrollton, near Osage, Arkansas where the survivors were brought back to two years after the massacre took place. Include are pictures around Carrollton in 2009.

 

I hope you gained some benefits from this pictorial tour. Take the link below to the Mountain Meadows Resource Guide.

For more in-depth research on the subject, check out the following links:

Mountain Meadows Resource Guide

If you are interested in the current weather conditions in Cedar City or St. George, just click on The Weather Channel, and type in either Cedar City, Utah or St. George , Utah .

The Weather Channel


Thanks for taking a Virtual Walk through the Mountain Meadows Site.


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