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The Mountain Meadows Massacre was the killing of roughly 120 emigrants who were passing through Southern Utah in September 1857. The massacre occurred on September 11, 1857. The emigrants–men, women, and children–were traveling from Arkansas to California, part of the Baker-Fancher wagon train. They were killed by a group of Mormons with the help of local Paiute Indians.

From Wikipedia

On the Baker-Fancher wagon train

  • Fatalities: 100–140 members of the Baker–Fancher wagon train
  • Injuries: Around 17
  • List of Victims

the Utah Territorial Militia from the Iron County district





Additional Reading


  • Burying the Past: Legacy of the Mountain Meadows Massacre (2004) DVD
  • Investigating History: Mountain Massacre (History Channel, 2011) DVD