I feel that the Church should allow the Cross to be restored to its original
placement (1859, by Army Maj. Carleton) on top of the cairn. By not
allowing the Fancher-Baker ancestors to replace the Cross, which was/is the
symbol of their Christian faith, this leaves the impression that they are still
controlling access to the location where non-LDS graves are.Reading
LDS author's books will reveal who allowed it first to be removed, and how
many times subsequent it has been destroyed by locals. None of the Fancher
family groups can understand this. They said they would have given church
access to Haun's Mill long ago. And if an Angel Moroni statue was removed
from any historical site, they would help replace it.This is the
type of kindness shown the LDS church by the COC. Now let's see if SLC
will respond "in kind."
Re: "I hope the Church doesn't busy it up with a bunch of paving,
visitor's centers, and so on. I'd love to see it remain much as it
is."Well, in the parallel universe in which you own the
property, you may see it remain much as it is to your heart's content.In this universe, however, I suspect the Church will do with property
what it wants and/or has agreed to do in any deed restrictions or covenants that
may exist, under any land-use controls or regulations that may apply.Meaning both of you may have find someone else's pristine and peaceful
property to visit and attempt to control.
I agree totally 100%! Let members visit the historical sites in situ, as much
as possible. If there are structures or grave sites to preserve, then extra
efforts are warranted. If many visitors begin to go, at least a small parking
lot (and restrooms) could be set far enough away to preserve the area for
viewing. But by cordoning off/protection efforts, you can also preserve the
pristine area from those who would damage it by over-running or over-use.The MMM site also needed intervention to preserve the cairn and graves.
A small asphalt parking lot was put inso area wasn't overrun, and an
Andy Gump was erected in 2007, before the 150 anniversary program. The issue of
protecting the graves was also settled.
As someone who visits the site with some regularity, I love the pristine and
peaceful nature of it. I hope the Church doesn't busy it up with a bunch
of paving, visitor's centers, and so on. I'd love to see it remain
much as it is.