The settlement of Far West, Missouri, became the home for 3,000 to 5,000 Saints who sought refuge from persecution in Jackson and Clay Counties. On 31 October 1838 the Prophet Joseph Smith and other Church leaders were arrested and, after a committing trial in Richmond, imprisoned in Liberty Jail. During the winter of 183839, the Latter-day Saints were driven from Far West and other sites in Missouri and relocated in Illinois.

Significant Events: A temple site was dedicated and the cornerstones were laid. Seven revelations published in the Doctrine and Covenants were received. Joseph F. Smith, the sixth President of the Church, was born 13 November 1838 in Far West. Far West served briefly as the headquarters of the Church under the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Far West, Missouri

LDS Historic Sites
Far West signs Far West temple cornerstone
Cornerstones are encased in a glass case
Far West Temple site
Below: This is it, this patch of green surrounded by farmers fields.