On a bluff overlooking a bend of the Mississippi River, the settlers built the original Nauvoo Temple in the 1840's. The temple had a fire in 1848 and in 1850 tornado like winds. Today a rebuilt temple on the same site stands.
It took over two and a half years to build this 54,000 square foot building that sits on 3.3 acres. This construction brought many jobs into the area. My brother-in-law worked for over a year as an electrician on this building.
Across the street from the building sits the
Joseph and Hyrum Smith memorial.
|Titled: Calm as a Summers Morning|
This bronze statue stands 11 feet height
|Sculptors were Stan Watts and Kim Corpany|
|This statue stands on Wells Street across from Temple Square|
|The outside of the building has many symbols.|
|Sun and Stars|
|The angle Moroni stands atop a dome holding |
a trumpet and faces West toward the Mississippi
|The bell tower has a clock on four sides|
|Mormon Temple Square, Nauvoo Illinois|
The Nauvoo Temple was dedicated on the very day and hour of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Joseph Smith. The dedication of this Temple was delivered over the Church's encrypted satellite system to Church buildings around the world.
A restored ghost sign for "Bull" Durham smoking tobacco can be found on the side of the Nauvoo Hotel.
According to the Nauvoo Historical Society's walking tour, the sign was painted during the early 1900's when the building was the Hudson Brother's Meat Market. The sign was last restored sometime in the 1990's.
Across the street in the old Nauvoo movie theater is Papa John's Cafe where visitors and locals can dine on site with homemade cooking.
The Fudge Factory makes fudge the old-fashioned way, by hand. No machines in this shop, they make one pan of fudge at a time.
|Each pan of fudge is cooked in copper kettles|
and turned out onto the marble slabs to cool
|No artificial flavors or preservatives|
|Delicious, my favorite is chocolate pecan|
Nauvoo is a charming town with its renovated, recreated and rebuilt buildings with history at every turn. While I am not a Mormon and was unable to enter the Mormon Temple, I did enjoy my brief visit and learned many things.