155 years ago today - Monday, Aug 17, 1857

Pitchforth reports Fancher party passes through Nephi

S. B. Honea with Captain Nicholas Turner: "On the 17th of August, passed through the city of Salt Lake. Remained only three or four hours. Had a conversation with a merchant, a Gentile, who stated that on the previous Sunday, Brigham Young had declared, in the Temple, that henceforth Utah was a separate and independent Territory, and owed no obedience or allegiance to any form or laws, but those of their own enactment."

[Source: Mountain Meadows Massacre timeline, Will Bagley]

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