Adam-ondi-Ahman: A Brief Historical Survey

Categories: Missouri Period
Journal: 13:4

The recent renewal of interest in Adam-ondi-Ahman as a place of historical importance for Latter-day Saints suggests the need for a new look at the site. Indeed, at least one writer has called for an “archaeological reconnaissance of the area before it becomes too accessible to tourists and souvenir- seekers.” It is not the purpose of this paper to defend the pros and cons of such a plea. Rather, this work is written to help identify facts in relation to several important questions: (1) How, when, and by whom was the area of Adam-ondi-Ahman laid out? (2) How large was the town plat, and what purposes did the city serve by its settlement? (3) What do we know about there being a tower and one altar or two in the area?