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Saturday, 05 June 2004

Pix Of The Day: Tread Carefully Through History
CREDIT: © Carmel Glover/Melisanda
WHERE: Mountain Meadows, Utah, USA. WHAT: historical massacre site.
MAP: Central, UT. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.

Mountain Meadows © Carmel GloverMountain Meadows, in the second half of the 19th century, was a stop on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Today it is a peaceful place of wild flowers, and tall grasses swaying in the breeze that gives welcome relief from the midsummer heat near Central, UT, on U-19 between St. George and Beryl Junction north of Enterprise, UT. Those whose sense of place extends to being affected by historical knowledge, may well feel something in the air.

For several days in September 1857 the place was the site of a bloody massacre: many of the the facts are disputed or unclear, although it is now generally accepted that men, women, and children from a wagon train, known variously as the Francher/Baker/Perkins train from Arkansas, were slaughtered by local people including LDS (Mormon) settlers and Native Americans. The role of the various parties is arguable, although almost twenty years after the events in 1877, John Doyle Lee (1812-1877) was executed by firing squad at Mountain Meadows for his part in the events. Controversy [1][2][3][ still exists, within and without the LDS church.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)