Zion's Camp March

Zion's Camp March (HMFG8)

Location: Paris, IL 61944 Edgar County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 36.688', W 87° 41.765'

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In 1834, Joseph Smith, prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), together with about 200 LDS Volunteers from Kirtland, Ohio, marched to assist threatened church members in Jackson County, Missouri. Called "Zion's Camp," this armed group crossed the Wabash River into Edgar County on May 24, encamped near the river, and after observing the Sabbath passed through Paris on May 26, causing uneasiness among local residents who misunderstood their purpose. The trek of "Zion's Camp" provided Brigham Young and other LDS leaders with a model for organizing their later exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Utah in 1846.
HM NumberHMFG8
Series This marker is part of the Illinois: Illinois State Historical Society series
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and The Illinois State Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 9:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 440246 N 4384866
Decimal Degrees39.61146667, -87.69608333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.688', W 87° 41.765'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 41.28" N, 87° 41' 45.90" W
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Area Code(s)217
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113-153 N Central Ave, Paris IL 61944, US
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