When the Mormons settled here they named their new home Nauvoo meaning "Beautiful."
Soon after the Saints departed for the Salt Lake Valley French Icarians and German Immigrants settled in Nauvoo.
After several sweeping restoration projects Nauvoo has emerged stronger than ever with its rich history intact.
Journey Interrupted: The Des Moines Rapids
In 2012, the Nauvoo Community had the honor of hosting a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit - a true Museum on Main Street. This was accomplished by working with the Illinois Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institution Travel Exhibition Service and many of our local and regional partners. Nauvoo's local exhibit remains in the Nauvoo Tourism Office at 1295 Mulholland Street and is on display by appointment. Nauvoo's Journey Stories exhibit covers five topics: the Catholic movement, the Mormon movement, the Icarian movement, the German movement and the taming of the Des Moines Rapids at Nauvoo.
The early Sauk and Fox indians were settlers of the Nauvoo area before the arrival of early pioneers