In the decades before the Civil War, St. Louis was considered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the most Mormon-friendly city outside Salt Lake City. Thomas Farmer and Fred Woods examine the ways Mormons used St. Louis as a way station to earn money and replenish resources, while at the same time contributing to its growth.
Farmer, Thomas L. and Woods, Fred E.
"Sanctuary on the Mississippi: St. Louis as a Way Station for Mormon Emigration,"
The Confluence (2009-2020): Vol. 9
, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/confluence_2009/vol9/iss2/6