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November 23

Lock and Dam #19 Keokuk, Iowa

1843 – The Prophet Joseph Smith met in council at his “old house,” known as the Homestead, and then walked down to the river. He “suggested the idea of petitioning Congress for a grant to make a canal over the falls, or a dam to turn the water to the city, so that we might erect mills and other machinery” (History of the Church, 6:80). In 1877, the government did build a canal with three locks to overcome the navigation problems of the Des Moines rapids. In the early 1900’s a series of dams were built on the Mississippi River, including one built at Keokuk, Iowa, about twelve miles south of Nauvoo which stands today. Construction on U.S. Lock and Dam #19 began in 1910, and when completed in 1913, it was the largest electrical generating plant in the world. Lock 19 is the largest lock on the Mississippi and is on the National Register of Historic places.

1849 – Parley P. Pratt and fifty other men leave the Salt Lake Valley to explore southern Utah. By the first of the year they would reach the site of St. George and collect a wealth of information about central and southern Utah’s settlement potential.

1918 – Heber J. Grant is set apart as the seventh President of the Church, with Anthon H. Lund and Charles W. Penrose as Counselors.

1958 – The first stake in Ohio since the Kirtland era, is organized in Cincinnati.

1993 – The First Presidency issues a statement that emphasizes the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy.

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