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Published by Fred Coté
at Nauvoo Illinois     Since 1997


      Nauvoo in the 1840s was one of the largest cities in Illinois. It was founded by Joseph Smith the first President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The city lies on the bend of the Mississippi river in west central Illinois. During the 1840s many homes shops and business were built. Brick yards and industry of all kinds developed in a few short years. With all that going on the Prophet Joseph had the members of the church build a Temple. The Temple was the largest building in Illinois at that time, and a beautiful site to see standing on the top of the hill in this great city. Nauvoo's population grew rapidly with converts coming in from Europe and the South Pacific by the thousands, greatly out numbering the voters in the rest of Hancock County. This among other things caused an uprising of those who lived in other communities, which eventually lead to the murder of Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum at the Carthage Jail and eventually the mobs forced the Latter-day Saints to move westward to the Salt Lake Valley under the direction of Brigham Young, their new president.
       In the mid 1950s, Nauvoo Restoration Inc., formed by Dr. Leroy Kimball and others, began acquisition of  land and buildings which had belonged to the Latter-day Saints in the 1840s. An ongoing plan of restoration has been continued by the Church ever since.
Nauvoo in Hebrew means "beautiful City". Many of the old homes and shops have been restored and are open free of charge to the public for tours. New LDS & RLDS Visitor' Centers have been constructed where visitors can learn about Nauvoo in its formative years. One can spend up to three days touring sites between the Nauvoo and the Old Carthage Jail. At the brick yard each family may obtain a souvenir brick for a small cost, a cookie at the bakery, and forged items at the blacksmith shop. Free horse drawn wagon rides are given through the north farm area of the City.

          Nauvoo with its current population around 1200 has five restaurants, an RV park, a hotel and two motels, two convenience stores, gift shops, antiques and many other businesses. Nauvoo State Park with family camping and picnicking, sits at the edge of the historic district. The city is growing but is still a delightful small community to over 1.07 million visitors who visited the area in 2003.

       With all that in mind, The Nauvoo Internet News will try to keep its readers up to date, with the current happenings in Nauvoo, along with tourist information. This site will be updated two to four times a month.



 This is not an official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the "City of Joseph Pageant, Nauvoo Restoration Inc., or the RLDS Church (Community of Christ). This site is for the purpose of promoting Nauvoo, and informing its readers of events in Nauvoo.

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THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED ON 22 June 2003


 A special thank you to David Rebarchik of West Allis, WI for the donated web site space for the Nauvoo Internet News.
 

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