For more than 165 years, wagon ruts have crisscrossed southern Iowa, evidence of one of the nation’s largest mass migrations ever. For nearly as many years, stories were told about two graves tucked away in Van Buren County on land known as Richardson’s Point, where thousands of Mormons camped for two weeks as they waited for heavy rains to subside.
The rumored graves, identified in the 1980s, drew occasional visitors from across Iowa and across the country. Property owners welcomed the guests and shared stories of the area but always wanted something more permanent. That goal is about to be realized.
The Klodt Family of Milton, their neighbors, invited guests, and members from local congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will gather at Richardson’s Point on Klodt property (11251 County Road J40, Milton) to dedicate the area as an historic site. A special program will recognize the generous efforts of many who have worked to protect the area and promote its historical value as part of the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
The public is invited to attend the outdoor program at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29th. For more details, visit mormonhelpinghandsIA.com and click on Richardson’s Point.