Come explore downtown St. Louis with Gateway Arch Historian Bob Moore and Bellefontaine Cemetery Master Guide Jerry Garrett for the morning portion of this pre-conference tour. Walk on the ground where Oliver Cowdery, Parley P. Pratt, Peter Whitmer, and Ziba Peterson landed after crossing the Mississippi River in January 1831 on their way to preach to the Lamanites in the west and where the Prophet Joseph Smith and other leaders passed through in June 1831 on their way to Independence. See the location where the first St. Louis Stake met, where the St. Louis Luminary was published by the editor Apostle Erastus Snow, and where Henry Eyring, great grandfather to President Henry B. Eyring, first heard the gospel preached. Nearby is the location where Orrin Porter Rockwell was imprisoned before heading to Jackson County to be tried for the attempted murder of former Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs. Also see Roswell Field’s house. He was an attorney for Dred Scott and father to Eugene Field. You will learn about the English orphaned Mormon girl who became the nanny for young Eugene Field, who later immigrated to Utah, and then finally reconnected with Eugene via the mail. Discover more about the Lewis and Clark expedition and their return to St. Louis in 1806, see the world’s first skyscraper, view the St. Louis Cardinals Stadium, and tour the Old Court House (built between 1839 and 1862) site of the Dred Scott trial.
After a provided lunch, time will be available to explorer the Gateway Arch grounds and and take an optional ride to the top of the Arch.
In the afternoon the tour will then explore the burial sites at the 19th century Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemeteries of individuals who shaped the history of the Church and the United States and will learn about their lives. Explorer William Clark, fur trader Benjamin Bonneville, Senator Thomas Hart Benton, surgeon William Beaumont, Missouri Governor Sterling Price, and others are buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery. In the St. Louis Archdiocese Calvary Cemetery are the graves of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, Supreme Court litigant Dred Scott, playwright Tennessee Williams, and Mormon Battalion doctor George P. Sanderson. In addition Bellefontaine Cemetery has the graves of over 45 Mormon pioneers. Fifteen of these Latter-day Saint pioneer graves are presently marked. One marked grave contains the remains of Emily Hart and her premature brother, children of the second St. Louis Stake president, James Hart and his wife Emily.