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Mount Pisgah, Union County, Iowa


Mount Pisgah was a temporary way station in southern Iowa for members of the LDS Church traveling west to Winter Quarters from Nauvoo, Illinois.  Mount Pisgah was established in southern Iowa as a temporary way station for Mormon emigrants who were crossing the Plains from 1846-1852.


The picturesque setting was a welcome to many of the expelled Saints.  Ezra T. Benson described Mount Pisgah as "the first place that I felt willing in my heart to stay since I left Nauvoo."  Shortly after arriving, Indian Chief Pied Riche welcomed the Saints to the area and described how their people had also been driven from their home in Michigan and felt that they "must help one another, and the Great Spirit will help us both.  Because one suffers and does not deserve it is no reason he shall suffer always.  We may live to see it right yet.  If we do not, our children will."


However, despite the scenic beauty of the area, the Saints who lived at Mount Pisgah endured many hardships.  Within the first six months of settling the area, at least 150 people died.  Among those who died there were Joseph Knight, Sr. who had joined the LDS Church early in Colesville, New York. 


In 1852, the Mount Pisgah settlers were instructed to dismantle their settlement and emigrate to the Salt Lake Valley.  In 1888, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchased the pioneer cemetery and the surrounding one acre.  A monument was erected listing the names of many people who lost their lives at Mount Pisgah.




Entrance to the
Mount Pisgah Cemetery




Visitor Information:
1704 Mount Pisgah Rd

Thayer, Iowa 50254
(641) 763-2504

Hours of Operation:

The Mount Pisgah area is privately owned, but you can call and the owner is happy to give tours of the area.



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