Mount Pisgah Monument
Mt. Pisgah Monument
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Mount Pisgah Monument

The Mount Pisgah Monument, located near the town of Thayer, Iowa, commemorates the Latter-day Saints who passed away at the temporary settlement of Mount Pisgah along the Mormon Trail.

The cemetery at Mount Pisgah includes as many as 150 Latter-day Saint pioneers who lived in the temporary settlement of Mount Pisgah between 1846 and 1852. The original grave markers are long gone, but a 12-foot-high obelisk memorializes those who died at Mount Pisgah and provides the names of 63 of those interred there. Interpretive markers can be found in the adjacent county park.

Mount Pisgah was one of three temporary way stations Latter-day Saints established in central Iowa during the exodus from Nauvoo. Between 2,000 and 3,000 pioneers lived in Mount Pisgah at its height, and thousands more stopped there briefly on their way west. Although the community provided refuge and a chance for the Saints to rest and prepare for their journey further west, illness was rampant and the death rate was high. Mount Pisgah and the other settlements in central Iowa were completely abandoned in 1852, when Church leaders called Latter-day Saints still residing in the Midwest to gather to Utah.

Last Updated On 18 Jun 2021