185 years ago today - Dec 29, 1836

Gov. Boggs of Missouri signs into law a compromise bill forming two smaller counties out of a larger one; this forms Caldwell and Daviess counties. It is understood that Caldwell County will be reserved exclusively for the Mormons, although some of them also settle in Daviess County. In a short space of time, 4900 Saints move into Caldwell County and settle near Far West and other places. ___

[Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

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