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History May Be Written in Stone, But Is It the Truth?
Los Angeles Times 1Jan00 N1
By Christopher Reynolds: Times Travel Writer

Author James W. Loewen takes a look at the veracity of historical markers in his new book "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong." In the book, Loewen includes the LDS Church-owned Mountain Meadows Massacre monument, removed last year, as well as many other historical markers that contained incomplete or inaccurate information. The LDS Church and the Mountain Meadows Association replaced the marker last fall with one that gives more information about the tragedy.

The old marker simply left off who attacked the California-bound Fancher wagon train at Mountain Meadows, 30 miles north of St. George, Utah. More than 100 men, women and children were killed in what is considered by some the worst non-military massacre in the history of the American West.

Loewen completed his book before the monument was replaced, so the book doesn't mention the replaced monument. According to the Los Angeles Times' Reynolds, Loewen tries to explain why the marker left out who attacked the Fancher wagon train, "Because, Loewen writes, the Mormon church bought property there in the 1960s and chose the wording of the marker, with the tacit approval of state officials."


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