This week, fans of Sister Wives will get to watch as the wives decide that, in the midst of ground-breaking on four new homes, it is time to take a dream trip to Nauvoo, Illinois, the city regarded by some as the birthplace of polygamy in America.
According to the City of Nauvoo website, the city, located in Western Illinois on a bend in the majestic Mississippi River, is one of the most visited cities in the surrounding area. With a population of 1,071, the city is small, covering only 4.8 square miles. “Nauvoo,” the website indicates, means “beautiful city” or “beautiful place” in Hebrew. Previously, however, the city was a Fox Indian village of approximately 400 to 500 lodges. But, the site was relinquished by the Fox in 1824 for a trade of 200 sacks of corn. The Hancock County post office was established six years later, under the city name of “Venus;” in 1834, the name was changed to “Commerce;” finally, in 1839, the name was changed to “Nauvoo,” after members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) settled the area. Nauvoo was incorporated and received a special charter from the Illinois legislature, the website indicates.
The official “Historic Nauvoo” website gives a better indication of the polygamy history for which the area is known. Information on the “Smith Family Cemetery,” for example, is available, as well as information on the “Joseph and Hyrum Smith Memorial,” and links to other pertinent sites, such as the Joseph Smith Historic Site. However, a direct connection to polygamy, or the history of polygamy in the area, never seems to be mentioned, only alluded to through the connection with Mormon leader Joseph Smith. So, it will be interesting to see how well-received the Browns will be on their trip, considering the pro-polygamy spotlight they now bring with them wherever they go. Will they be graciously welcomed? Or will the city’s officials shy away from such pointed attention being placed on Nauvoo for being the “birthplace of American polygamy?”
Will Nauvoo Break the Browns?
Additionally, will the Browns themselves learn more about each other than they ever wanted to know on this trip? According to TLC:
The wives plan a dream pilgrimage across country to Nauvoo Illinois, the birthplace of American polygamy. But the three-day road trip turns into much more than they bargained for as tempers start to flair and relationships get tested.
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The cross-country trek may start out as a “dream trip,” but will it end up a complete family nightmare by the time the Browns leave Nauvoo?
Sister Wives airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 9/8c.
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