16. Carthage Jail

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The jailhouse in the town of Carthage, Illinois.

Significant Events: Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum rode to Carthage on June 24, 1844. They were cast into this jail on June 25 on false charges of treason. On June 27 a mob with blackened faces stormed the jail. Both Joseph and Hyrum were shot to death, and John Taylor was wounded several times. Incredibly, Willard Richards was not injured.