The marker is located south of Nauvoo in a large turnout/rest area on the west side of Route 96. It is mounted on the back side of the Nauvoo, Illinois marker.
The State of Illinois
In 1839 the Mormons, or Latter Day Saints, settled at Nauvoo and made it their chief city. During their residence its population reached 15,000. After long friction with non-Mormons the Mormons were expelled in 1846. Three years later French Communists called Icarians established a society here which lasted until 1857.
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