Nauvoo, the "Beautiful Place", became a thriving city in the Midwest. But after the murder of Hyrum and Joseph Smith, conflicts with other residents made living in Nauvoo impossible for the Saints. Upon completing the temple, the Saints packed up their wagons preparing to abandon their homes, their temple and their city. 15,000 faithful Saints left Nauvoo and crossed the Mississippi River.
They stood heartbroken on the opposite river bank, gazing mournfully at their beautiful temple and city. With only their faith to sustain them, the Saints turned their wagons westward and began their trek to the Rocky Mountains. Looking back at the temple, they knew they would not return. This photo is called "Leaving Nauvoo."
From Nauvoo, Illinois