Martin Harris Gravesite, Clarkston, Utah, USA

The Martin Harris gravesite Photo courtesy of Alexander L. Baugh
The Martin Harris gravesite
Photo courtesy of Alexander L. Baugh

Martin Harris, one of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, came to Utah in 1870 at the age of 87 and settled in Clarkston, Utah, where he died on July 10, 1875. He enjoyed sharing his testimony with those who would visit him and encouraged them to share his story and testimony with others. Although absent from the LDS Church for a time, he returned to full fellowship and was baptized before dying in Clarkston. Upon his death, Martin was placed in his casket with a copy of the Book of Mormon in his right hand and a copy of the Doctrine & Covenants in the left to represent his role in financing the publication of the first editions of these two books of Latter-day Saint scripture.1

His grave was originally marked with a wooden headboard and a raised mound of earth. On July 10, 1925, the 50th anniversary of Martin Harris’ death, LDS Church President Heber J. Grant dedicated a large granite monument on the gravesite with an inscription telling of Harris’ role as a special witness and his testimony of the Book of Mormon. Also, a copper box containing a Book of Mormon, a Doctrine & Covenants, and testimonies of many of the people who had known Martin and heard his testimony was placed at the base of the monument.2

Beginning in 1934, a general Church-wide Aaronic Priesthood commemoration was held at the Martin Harris gravesite. Later, in the 1980s, an amphitheater was built near Martin’s grave. It was dedicated on August 3, 1983 by President Ezra Taft Benson, and each year in August a historical musical play titled “Martin Harris, the Man Who Knew” is performed before thousands of people. In so doing, the people of Clarkston carry on Martin Harris’ charge to tell the world his story and testimony of the restored gospel.


1 Rhett Stephens James, “The Martin Harris Festival, 1875-1996,” Nauvoo Journal, Spring 1996, Vol. 8, No. 1, 43-44.

2 Ibid, 49-50.


Special thanks to Larry D. Christiansen for providing some of the above information.

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Hours of Operation:
The cemetery where the monument is located is open from daylight to dark

“Martin Harris, The Man Who Knew,” is performed on August 4-5, 8-12 and 15-18 in 2006. Performances begin at dusk and tickets can be ordered by calling (435) 563-0059.

Phone: (435) 563-0059

Articles & Resources

Various Accounts of Martin Harris' Testimony

Author(s): Ole A. Jensen, Martin Harris Jr., and Edward Stevenson
Type: First-person accounts
Source(s): A Book of Mormon Treasury: Selections from the Pages of the Improvement Era (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1959), 51-52.

The angel stood before me and said, ‘Look!’ When I gazed upon him I fell to earth, but I rose to my feet again and saw the angel turn the golden leaves over and over, and…

William H. Homer, “The Passing of Martin Harris,” Improvement Era, March 1926, Vol. 29, 468-72.

Rhett S. James, “The Martin Harris Festival, 1875-1996,” Opens in a New Window Nauvoo Journal, Spring 1996, Vol. 8, No. 1, 43-56.

Rhett S. James, The Man Who Knew: The Early Years–A Play About Martin Harris, 1824-1830, (Cache Valley, UT: Martin Harris Pageant Committee, 1983).

E. Cecil McGavin, “The Last Testimony of Martin Harris,” Instructor, October 1930, Vol. 65, 587-89.

Madge Harris Tuckett, The Martin Harris Story, (Pleasant Grove, UT: Vintage Books, 1983).