|History of Caldwell County,
As written in the 1876 Atlas
of Caldwell County Missouri
The site chosen for Far West was a high rolling
prairie, visible for long distances, from all directions. The plat of the town as laid off
embraced a square mile of territory, to wit: N.E. qr., sec. 15; N.W. qr., sec. 14; S.E.
qr., sec. 10; and S.W. qr., sec. 11. In the centre of the town a large square was left as
a site for the temple which it was their design to erect. The square was approached by
four main streets, each a hundred feet wide. The Mormons built no other town in the
County. Here Joe. Smith, the prophet-chief, established his residence; and the town became
the great commercial center of the Mormons. As its population increased, additions to the
town were laid out. At the time of the Mormon war the population of Far West was about
2,500, and it was the largest town in the state, north of the Missouri River.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Brothers
Change of County Seat
Burning of Records
Since the War
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