THINGS TO SEE IN CALDWELL COUNTY

Far West | C.C. Rich Log House | Rock Ford Crossing | Haun's Mill & Settlement | Haun's Millstone Monument

John Whitmer Gravesite | Kidder Institute | J.C. Penney Museum & Boyhood Home | Things To Do In Hamilton, MO

FAR WEST - the Old Mormon settlement in Missouri: In August 1836, W. W. Phelps and John Whitmer, two counselors in the Missouri Church Presidency (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), selected the one square mile of land overlooking native prairie, as the site for a new town to be called Far West. Settlement of this area at Shoal Creek began immediately. Far West became the county seat of Caldwell county, a region set apart especially for the Mormons. In Far West, the saints built some two hundred homes, several dry good stores and groceries, half a dozen black smith shops, two hotels and a printing office. The city quickly expanded to two miles square, eventually becoming the home of as many as 5,000 inhabitants. Residents laid the foundation for a temple and erected a large school building on the Town Square for use as a courthouse, town hall and temporary church. By the fall of 1838, Far West was the hub of community activity extending throughout Caldwell, encompassing nearly 2,000 farms comprised of approximately 250,000 acres purchased from the Federal Government. Beyond the memories, all that physically remains of Far West today are four cornerstones of the envisioned Lord’s House or Temple at the heart of the former community. Visitor amenities on the Far West temple site include interpretive monuments, markers and public restrooms. The Community of Christ congregation building, later erected on part of the old Public Square, also stands in honor of the experience of early church members. Visitors may take highway 116 to Highway D. Then drive north 2.8 miles on Highway D. The Far West Burial ground is 1/2 mile north of Far West Temple lot to first dirt road, Kerr Road; turn left and proceed one mile to four-way intersection. The original 24-acre burial ground is located in the northern section of the field on the Southwest corner.

THINGS TO DO IN HAMILTON, MISSOURI

C. C. RICH LOG HOUSE - Rich Settlement area, Caldwell County MO, 1837: 

ROCK FORD CROSSING

HAUN'S MILL & SETTLEMENT

HAUN'S MILLSTONE MONUMENT

GRAVE OF JOHN WHITMER

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