Washington County, Utah
These pictures were taken in the valley
Looking to the north. There is an old wagon trail visible here
Looking toward the west.
Looking toward the southwest.
The Mountain Meadows area is located about 30 miles north of St. George. Mountain Meadows was the scene of one of the most infamous episodes in the West, the Mountain Meadows Massacre. I have listed some links below that tell a little of the massacre, there are also several books that have been written about it that go into much greater detail.
Despite its dreadful past, Mountain Meadows holds wonderful memories for me. My grandparents homesteaded in the area about 1914. My father was raised there and he and my mother still live there about ten months of the year. There are a few other full-time residents in the area although most of the land owners live elsewhere in the winter to avoid the bad weather at that high elevation.
The Lytle, Ence, Burgess, Cottam, and Snow families are some of the early settlers of the "Meadows" that still have family in the area. The area is used for summer grazing, deer hunting, and farming. Vegetables, fruit, and alfalfa grow well there but the growing season is very short. Despite the news stories at the time of the massacre there aren't wolves in the area but coyotes and rattlesnakes are prevalent.
Mountain Meadows looks different than it did at the time of the 1857 massacre, a flood cut great washes throughout the valley a few years after the incident. And drought in recent years has also taken a toll, although it is still a peaceful resting place for the victims and a quiet home to several local families. -CBA
of depositions given by Malinda Cameron Scott Thurston seeking redress
from the government for the deaths
of her parents and other family members in the massacre at Mountain Meadows.
Wesley W. Craig's
"Cemetery Indexes for Washington County, Utah (1852-1996)" listing of the Mountain Meadows Monument deaths.
Meadows Massacre Descendants organization
Mountain Meadows Association
Juanita Brooks - Utah History To Go
Jacob Hamblin - Utah History To Go
John D. Lee - PBS History
Mountain Meadows Massacre - Utah History Encyclopedia
www.buryingthepast.com - a film on the Mountain Meadows Massacre
Note to all:
If you have (or know of) histories of the pioneers of Mountain Meadows
area on a website or that you would like to have published on the web, other
genealogy help for this area, or know of related links please let me know.
Copyright © 2006 by Cynthia B. Alldredge