Kanesville Mormon Cemetery

Kanesville Mormon Cemetery (HM1RPP)

Location: Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Pottawattamie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 16.075', W 95° 51.108'

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This historic cemetery of Kanesville (now Council Bluffs) was created as the resting place for the mortal remains of several hundred Mormon pioneers. From 1846 to 1853, thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) lived in this area as they prepared for the westward trek to Utah. Most of the early Mormon pioneers buried here died of disease, exposure, accidents, and other effects of the harsh frontier life. Their graves are at the high east end of the cemetery. Weather has destroyed all but a few of the headstones.
Other nearby monuments include a memorial to Abraham Lincoln, who came here in 1859 to examine a possible route for the intercontinental railroad. A few yards southeast of the cemetery is a memorial honoring Ruth Ann Dodge, wife of Grenville Dodge—chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad from Council Bluffs to Promontory, Utah. On the north edge of the cemetery is the Kinsmen Monument, which honors Iowa's Civil War dead. Chief Billy Caldwell and other Pottawatamie Indian veterans of [the] War of 1812 may be buried here also.
Series This marker is part of the Mormon Pioneer Trail series
Year Placed1994
Placed ByThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 261120 N 4572421
Decimal Degrees41.26791667, -95.85180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 16.075', W 95° 51.108'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 16' 4.5" N, 95° 51' 6.48" W
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Area Code(s)712
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 Lafayette Ave, Council Bluffs IA 51503, US
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