Zion did not spring up by chance along a rolling river or upon a hilltop. The land in which Zion City planted its roots was sought out by a surveying team and then purchased by Dr. John Alexander Dowie for the sole purpose of building a religious utopia. Before the first spade of soil was turned, attention was given to every detail, from utilities to commercial areas and educational institutions and (most importantly) the temple. In less than a decade, Dowie and his followers built a self-sufficient theocracy that sheltered its inhabitants from the outside world. Indeed, Zion boasts a unique history and is a most intriguing study in the successes and failures of a planned city of God.
About the Author
The Zion Historical Society was established in 1967. The society maintains Shiloh House, home of Zion’s founder and a monument to Zion’s heritage, in honor of those who came before and for the benefit of those who will carry the city into the future. Its archives are rich with photographs, many of which were selected to create this pictorial history.
Table of Contents
Dr. John Alexander Dowie, Founder of Zion 9
Christian Catholic Church 25
Building a Utopia 37
A Theocratic Government 59
Community Life 69
Wilbur Glenn Voliva 89
Zion Institutions and Industries 99
Living Pictures 123