"Nauvoo (Mississippi)", Dana, Charles A.
Period: 1846 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
6.3 x 4.3 inches
16 x 10.9 cm
Attractive steel engraving showing the Mormon city of Nauvoo situated on a horseshoe bend in the Mississippi River. Founded in 1839 by Joseph Smith and his followers, by 1842 Nauvoo was one of the largest cities in Illinois and the tenth largest in the United States. Nauvoo was famous for its beautiful homes and its magnificent Temple on the bluff overlooking the city and the river. Internal dissention and religious antagonism resulted in the assassination of Joseph Smith and his brother in 1844 and the Mormons evacuated the city in 1846.