We left Fort Madison (Nauvoo) Iowa and headed to the Carthage Jail to the place where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed. It was a very moving tour. After the jail, we went to Adam-Ondi-Ahman and tried to find Far West. Finally, we are heading home through the long drives (Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and HOME!).
First stop for the day was Carthage Jail. This was interesting yet emotionally moving. We crossed the river again to Carthage, Illinois. By the way, all of the Church sites are very well marked with blue signs. The jail was easy to find right off the main road.
Now we entered the actual jail. The bottom floor housed the caretaker and his family (husband, wife, and 7 children). There was only one sleeping room but there was an attic to the jail. It is believed that it could have possibly been more sleeping for the children.
This is the original jail (the walls are 3' thick at the base). After it was a jail (used to house the not so dangerous prisoners), a family owned it and remodeled it to become a house. They added the cooking room. Then they sold it to a man who owned it until he died. After his death, it was sold to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A missionary couple spent many years restoring the home back to the original jail. The walls on the outside are original and much of the inside is the same (floors and some doors) but some had to be upgraded for use in tours and some just had to be replaced as they were no longer there. The design is as it was originally.
On the day that Joseph was killed, the wife and two of her young children were in the house (not sure where everyone else was) when they heard a shot outside. It startled her and she went to the bed where her children were. The mob burst into the jail and to this room and shot into the room where she was. She grabbed her two children and fled out of the jail through the side door.
The pictures: There was a bed in the room and the men encouraged Joseph and Hyrum to lay down on it as they took the floor but Joseph was fearing shooting through the window so he slept on the floor also. The floors in this room are original. The hole in the door was from the bullet that shot Hyrum. The cane in the corner was used by John to ward off the guns being shoved through the door. Joseph died falling out of the window. The mob left abruptly when they knew Joseph was dead. They thought the Momon's were coming to retaliate but they never did.
Our next stop was Adam-Ondi-Ahman in Missouri. We have only heard little bits and pieces from people who have been there but never really heard what was there or the feelings they had when visiting there. First, it was not the easiest place to find but I used the GPS coordinates to get us there. I will not say too much except that we were surprised. I am not sure what we thought we were going to see but all that we saw was beautiful land. Now we did not walk on the trail to the lookouts. Here are some of our pictures.
So we are staying somewhere just barely into Nebraska. Tomorrow is Mother's Day and we will be checking out more cemeteries of both my ancestors and those of my husband. We also have some really long traveling to do in the next few days. For now - time for bed!