Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

March 8, 2014

Appanoose County History

By Enfys McMurry
The Daily Iowegian

APPANOOSE COUNTY — March 6, 1846: Daniel Boone, living at Femme Osage, Mo., made long expeditions north exploring Iowa’s rivers. He left his blaze on a tree at Sand Bank Springs on Shoal Creek. His son, Nathan, was in our area in 1832 leading a unit of U.S. cavalry from Davenport to Kansas City cutting a path named the Dragoon Trail. After the assassination of Joseph Smith, an advance party of Mormons left Nauvoo and while the Mississippi was still frozen started their trek west following the same path renaming it The Mormon Trail. There were 72 wagons with 143 Mormon men, three women and two children. By this date in this month, they were struggling through the mud of Van Buren County. They would reach Appanoose in late March. On the 27th they would camp at East Shoal Creek and there in the vicinity of the “ring of rocks” near Exline, Brigham Young would be officially appointed head of the Mormon Church. (12-13)