185 years ago today - 1838 [April 1-3]

As Sidney nears Far West, he meets Henry Root by chance on Turkey Creek, Carroll county. Root offers Sidney "a liberal share" of the profits from the sale of land in DeWitt to Mormons. A few weeks later, Root and Thomas come to Far West and a deal is struck. A few families move to the new site in July, and by October seventy families had gathered, living in tents and wagons as they worked on permanent houses.

[Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]

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