Missouri was one of 10 states in which the Latter-day Saints played an important role. Many travelers going to the West wrote about Missouri and the other States through which they passed. The Latter-day Saints had a special interest in Missouri, since their leaders regarded it for some time as their ultimate destination. Those who wrote about Missouri did so with great perception and deep feeling. These descriptions of life in Jackson County reveal the blend of vision and pragmatism that characterized the Rocky Mountain Zion after the first planned colony in Missouri was abandoned. Based on a wide sampling from the Mormon archives in Utah of newspapers, pamphlets, correspondence, and private journals that were written during the stay in Missouri.