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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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  • 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 »
  • Free tour given by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints detailing the last few days of the prophet Joseph Smith's life. It is very interesting, not only for members of the.....  more »
  • It was a beautiful, reverent transcendent experience. Powerful spirit there and we got a private tour, which is what I was hoping for. I am so grateful to those who gave their very lives so that we could enjoy this beautiful, restored Gospel of Christ today. I know Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God and I'm grateful to be a member of the Lord's restored church today, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These Truths have brought me great peace and direction.
  • The tour guides were so kind and personable. They made even our youngest children on the group feel comfortable asking questions. Highly recommend! Nauvoo tour incomplete without Carthage.

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