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DAR dedicates marker at Mount Pisgah

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 10:01 a.m. CDT

The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter hosted the southwest district meeting of the Iowa Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Sept. 17. The state officers arrived the afternoon before for a planning meeting. Officers of the local chapter planned a tour of Mount Pisgah and the evening meal for them.

Mount Pisgah was the stopping point for around 3,000 Mormons as they traveled westward in the mid 1840s, and was the first settlement of white people in Union County. The site of Mount Pisgah is now marked by a nine-acre Mount Pisgah Cemetery preserve, which contains historical markers and a reconstructed log cabin.

Bob Brown, who owns the land where Mormons once lived, gave members of DAR a trip through the area on his tractor-pulled shuttle and explained the many sites.

Brown also showed how to use witching rods to find the foundations of buildings and graves. Each woman tried her skill at witching.

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