Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Descendants of Utah massacre victims see likely gravesites

 ST. GEORGE, Utah — Nearly 160 years after the massacre of a wagon train in southern Utah, the pioneers' descendants got their first glimpse of what is believed to be their gravesites. The Spectrum of St. George reports that descendants of the Mountain Meadows Massacre victims gathered Saturday about 35 miles southwest of Cedar City. In August 2014, California archaeologist Everett Bassett found what appeared to be two gravesites on a rancher's land. Bassett led the descendants, some of whom came from across the country, around the site. The Baker-Fancher wagon train from Arkansas was heading to California when it stopped in the meadows on Sept. 11, 1857. That is when a Mormon militia shot and killed 120 men, women and children. The site was dedicated as a national historic landmark in 2011.  AP

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