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By Kent Larsen

Reporter Finds That Nauvoo Lives

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- Copley News Service reporter Vera Foss Bradshaw took at tourist's view of Nauvoo, Illinois in an article published in yesterday's Springfield State Journal-Register and elsewhere. Bradshaw told readers of the delight of visiting the restored buildings and exhibits of the town, sometimes called "The Williamsburg of the West."

To Bradshaw, it is the history of the town that gives Nauvoo its relevance, "It is these Mormons' incredible migration, and the spirit behind it, that makes Nauvoo extra special and speaks to all of us, regardless of our religious persuasion," she writes. As a tourist destination she finds the town alive with its history and even finds the modern Nauvoo appealing, with its antique shops and quaint stores and buildings. Bradshaw also liked that the sites have no admission charges and that even the evening entertainment is free.

In reviewing her tour of the town, Bradshaw commented on several of the buildings, including the Jonathan Browning home and workshop. Browning, Bradshaw observes, later invented the repeating rifle, and his son, John Moses Browning, invented the automatic machine gun and founded the firm that today bears the family name. While, as Bradshaw mentions, the Browning firm still exists in Morgan, Utah, it is no longer independent, and is instead owned by Belgium's Fabrique Nationale.

Bradshaw also visited the Wilford Woodruff home, which she says is considered the "best example of Federal-Colonial architecture in the restoration," and the home of Heber C.Kimball, which Bradshaw considers the loveliest of the restored homes. She also visited the home of Brigham Young and many other less-known restored homes, and mentions the construction of the new Nauvoo Temple on the site of the old.

She also visits the Joseph Smith Historic Center, the Mansion House and other sites owned by the Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). And, Bradshaw looks at the architecture and influence on Nauvoo by the Icarians, the communistic French group that brought wine making to Nauvoo and the city's annual "Wedding of the Wine and Cheese" pageant.


Old Nauvoo
Springfield IL State Journal-Register (Copley) 22Apr01 N1
By Vera Foss Bradshaw: Copley News Service


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