Far West Temple cornerstone in 1963.
The Far West Temple Lot southeast cornerstone, ca. 1996. Glass enclosures were added over each cornerstone to protect them.
The Missouri "State Legislature decreed that Caldwell County should be carved from Ray County and set aside as an area where only Mormons could live.
A few stones were hauled to the site. Today, these stones and a giant depression in the ground are all that. remain of the early town of Far West. For events quickly ended the work.
Removal of the Mormons to county of their own had not ended tensions with the gentiles, as the Mormons called non-Mormons. Members charged the gentiles were envious of the rapid progress they had made developing the town and farms nearby. The gentiles said the Mormons were stealing their horses and cattle under a "divine revelation" which gave all property to members of the new sect." [William E. Dye, "Far West. . . Embattled Mormons," Kansas City Times (Thursday, 19 September 1963).]
After the Mormons were forced to leave the State of Missouri in 1838-1839, Far West reverted to farmland. First John Whitmer and his family owned much of the surrounding property. Later RLDS members began to return and purchase farms in the area. In recent years, farmers sold out and the the LDS Church gradually came into the possession of much of the land. Development of the Temple area as a historical site begain in the 1970s. An impressive marker was installed and the Temple Site was fenced. Many travelers visit the area today.