Old Jail, The
The marker is located on the southeast corner of Fayette and Buchanan Streets, near the west side of Carthage. It faces Route 136 and is on the northwest corner of the square, where the historic jail is located.
State of Illinois
In the old Carthage Jail, which stands one block south of here, Joseph and Hyrum Smith, Prophet and patriarch of the Mormon Church, were killed by a mob on June 27, 1844. Two years later the Mormons withdrew from Illinois, where they had settled in 1839, to the Great Salt Lake.
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