Hawn's (Haun's) Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri
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.
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.
Articles & Resources
LDS Church buys farmland, Haun's Mill, Far West, Kirtland property from Community of Christ
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