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Carthage Jail, Carthage

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Carthage Jail is a historic building in Carthage, Illinois, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It was built in 1839 and is best known as the location of the 1844 killing of Prophet Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum, by a mob of approximately 150 men. It was added to the NRHP in 1973 and is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) as a historic site with an adjacent visitors' center.
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  • This is where it all began, the great Mormon tragedy that led to the Exodus to Greatness. The Carthage Jail, located at 310 Buchanan Street in Carthage, Illinois, southeast of Nauvoo and west of... 
    This is where it all began, the great Mormon tragedy that led to the Exodus to Greatness. The Carthage Jail, located at 310 Buchanan Street in Carthage, Illinois, southeast of Nauvoo and west of...  more »
  • The Carthage Jail is the site where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob, thus sparking the Mormon exodus across the states to Utah. The Jail, built in the 1830s, is preserved and....  more
    The Carthage Jail is the site where Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob, thus sparking the Mormon exodus across the states to Utah. The Jail, built in the 1830s, is preserved and....  more »
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  • We decided to stop on our way though Illinois and I'm so glad we did! It was a very sacred and somber experience to stand in the room where the prophet Joseph Smith was and where he died. Even though it was heart wrenching, I'm glad we had the experience. The sister missionaries did a great job giving the tour and maintaining a reverence as they shared the history.
  • Amazing. Super busy when the Pageant is running, but that is expected. It definitely feels like the volunteer missionaries are trying their best to accommodate as many as possible. I always find it amazing that this church doesn't charge a dime or even suggest a donation to up keep these 150 yr + locations.

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