By Katelin Carroll
Staff Reporter 

About Lewis County's Mormon Massacre

Remembering local history and restoring sign


August 11, 2022

Pictured above are Barbara Hinson, Annette Peery, Janet Turner, Dorothy Warf, David Talley, Maria and Kaitlynn Tripp, Lewis County Librarian and Historian Crystal Nash and Joan and Charles Talley.

Tensions had been brewing for quite some time between the locals and the Mormon missionaries since their arrival in 1878. Mormon elders had passed through the area years prior to settling in Cane Creek, and not long after they settled rumors started.

"After consulting many sources, this writer feels satisfied that the following information elicits the main reasons for the intensified antagonism felt toward the Mormons.. The belief that Mormon elders had entered the head waters of Cane Creek for the sole purpose of propagating the doctrine of polygamy to the innocent young southern belles...

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