|History of Caldwell County,
As written in the 1876 Atlas
of Caldwell County Missouri
Shortly prior to the organization of the County,
the Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, who had been compelled to abandon their homes in
Jackson County in consequence of the hostility existing between them and their Gentile
neighbors, sent John Whitmer and others to select a home in the wilderness, where the
peculiar doctrines of that church might be taught and practiced in peace. The site of Far
West in the northern part of Mirable Township was cho sen, and Mr. Whitmer returned to
Clay County, where the Mormons were temporarily stopping... to inform them of the
selection and declared that Far West was to be the New Jerusalem where Christ would reign
with His saints.
Crosby Johnson, An Illustrated Historical Atlas of Caldwell County, Missouri.
1876. Edwards Brothers