The City of Zion

Zion has a rich over 100-year history. Founded as a utopian society by world-renowned evangelist and orator, Dr. John Alexander Dowie, Zion was one of the first planned cities in the United States and was platted to imitate the layout of the British Union Jack flag.
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A Divine Sign

Dr. John Alexander Dowie, founder of Zion city, claimed to be prophet "Elijiah". According to the prophecy of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Dowie died in utter grief and misery. His wife and son turned against him and did not attend his funeral. He could not speak because of a stroke of paralysis. His followers deserted him. Few citizens living in Zion, IL, have any knowledge about the city's founder.

History of Zion

There is a dark chapter in the history of Zion that is conveniently omitted. But there are those who know of it only too well. Although many people from foreign lands know the story, it is almost unheard of in American history. It is the true story of Dr. John Alexander Dowie and Mirza Ghulam Ahmad the Promised Messiah.