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Mountain Meadows Massacre

The Mountain Meadow Massacre took place along the wagon train route to California that passed through the southern Utah territory. In a series of attacks between September 7 and 11, 1857, members of the Utah Territorial Militia killed all adult members of a wagon train carrying emigrants from Arkansas to California. Despite denials, there is strong evidence that the Mormon hierarchy in Utah was aware of and probably condoned the action of the militia.