“That They May Secure It and Hold It Forever”: Bluff’s Revival, 1885–1886

This article is an extract of David S. Carpenter’s Jens Nielson: Bishop of Bluff (BYU Studies, 2011). Home to only a couple of hundred people in 2011, Bluff is located in southeast Utah. The experiences of the hardy pioneers in this hostile and forbidding region have become legendary among Latter-day Saints. This extract tells the story of Mormon settlers in Bluff in 1884: their struggles over joint ventures, water, cattle grazing, and whether to maintain the settlement at all.

Published in BYU Studies Quarterly 50:2
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