Hawn's (Haun's) Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri

Haun's mill stone discovered by George Edward Anderson in 1906 now on display in the city park at Breckenridge, Missouri. Photo courtesy Alexander L. Baugh

Hawn’s mill stone discovered by George Edward Anderson in 1906 now on display in the city park at Breckenridge, Missouri.
Photo courtesy: Alexander L. Baugh.   ____________________________________

 

Between March 8-18th, 1999, Mormon Historic Sites Foundation funded a scientific archaelogical study of the Hawn’s Mill Massacre Site in Caldwell County, Missouri by Dr. Richard Hauck of the Archaelogical Research Institute (ARI) of Bountiful, Utah, and two staff archaelogists, Brian Mueller and Alan Hutchinson.

The main objective was to locate the well where the bodies of fouteen of the seventeen Mormon men and boys killed on October 30, 1838, were interred. However, at the same time, it was hoped that the ground penetrating radar might also reveal the position of some community structures, such as the blacksmith shop where a number of Mormon defenders were killed while defending the community, the mill and dam.

Archaeological team that conducted the Haun's Mill excavation in October 2000. From left to right: Alan Hutchinson, Kim R. Wilson, Jonathan Bullen, Dr. Mark A. Scherer, and Dr. Richard Hauck. Photo courtesy Kim R. Wilson

Archaeological team that conducted the Hawn’s Mill excavation in October 2000. From left to right: Alan Hutchinson, Kim R. Wilson, Jonathan Bullen, Dr. Mark A. Scherer, and Dr. Richard Hauck.
Photo courtesy: Kim R. Wilson. ____________________________________

Between October 9-11, 2000, another archeological dig was conducted, also funded in part by the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation. Dr. Hauck was joined by Dr. Mark A. Scherer, World Church Historian for the Community of Christ, Alan Hutchinson, a research assistant, as well as Kim R. Wilson and Johnathan W. Bullen, both of whom serve on the board of the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation.

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Articles & Resources

LDS Church buys farmland, Haun's Mill, Far West, Kirtland property from Community of Christ

By , Deseret News
Published: Saturday, May 5, 2012
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Jacob Hawn and the Hawn’s Mill Massacre: Missouri Millwright and Oregon Pioneer

Mormon Historical Studies
Vol. 11, #1, Spring 2010
by Alexander L. Baugh
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Picturing history: Haun's Mill

By , For the Deseret News
Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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