ST. GEORGE -- The southern Utah site where Mormons massacred members of a 19th Century Arkansas wagon train has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Interior Department.
The designation was announced Thursday.
The 760-acre site, which includes a rock cairn memorial, sits in a valley about 30 miles north of St. George.
It marks the spot where 120 emigrants bound for California were killed by militiamen associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sept. 11, 1857. Seventeen children survived.
A trio of massacre descendant groups began to push for landmark status nearly a decade ago.
The Mormon church, which owns most of the massacre site land, joined the effort in 2008.