This thesis addresses the archaeological question of the relationship between city planning and belief systems. It examines the extent to which the city plan of Nauvoo, Illinois, was influenced by the four precepts of Zion as outlined by Joseph Smith, the first President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These precepts are considered as unity, order, economic equality, and leadership. The City of Zion plan as developed by Joseph Smith was the basis for many cities, including Nauvoo. The Zion plan is examined to determine the influences of the four precepts of Zion on city planning. Specifically, issues of city layout and organization, private property, care of the poor, economic strategies, and leadership are considered. The city of St. Louis is examined using the same criteria. Finally, a comparison of the three city plans reveals the connection between Nauvoo's city plan and its belief system.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Anthropology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Eddy, Marjorie E., "The Precepts of Zion and Joseph Smith's City of Zion Plan: Major Influences For the Planning of Nauvoo" (1999). All Theses and Dissertations. 4661.
City of Zion, City planning, Illinois, Nauvoo