A Guide to the David L. Laughlin Papers, 1846-1858, 1968, 1989
After the death of Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight brought followers to Texas in 1845, splitting from Smith's successor Brigham Young who traveled to Utah. The next year Wight established a colony in Austin, then moved near Fredricksburg as the community of Zodiac. A few years later, trouble stirred - the Utah Mormons excommunicated Wight and floods destroyed Zodiac. The colonists pressed on, however, and relocated to Burnet County, establishing the Mormon Mills Colony. The followers soon abandoned Mormon Mills, resettling again in Mountain Valley in Bandera County. Soon after, Wight died in 1858, and the colonists separated.
David L. Laughlin has researched and written about the Mormon history, specifically in Texas.
The David L. Laughlin Papers contains research materials and notes on Mormons in Texas. Included are photographs of the Mormon Mills Colony, photocopies of correspondence and newspapers about Lyman Wight and other Mormon settlers, and research articles.
David L. Laughlin Papers, 1846-1858, 1968, 1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, September 2009.
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