Monday, October 11, 2010
Chicago's Forgotten Cemetery
After that there was no question as to the relocating of the cemetery. A massive disinterment effort began in 1872; in 1874, the last burial lots were condemned. The last acknowledged removals in this process occurred in 1877. However, many of the graves markers were lost in the fire so many bodies were not moved as part of this process and new construction in areas once belonging to the City Cemetery often reveals old corpses laying in unmarked graves. It is no telling how many bodies still lay beneath the earth of the ground that was once the old City Cemetery.
Only the Couch Mausoleum remains as an official reminder of the cemetery. Couch's family would not allow this tomb to be moved or even opened so it stands quietly in a lonely corner of an old park. It is even a mystery as to how many bodies lay within the tomb. Of course, stories of ghosts and haunting proliferate in the area around the mausoleum where the dead still walk. Our ghost tour told a tale of a phantom dog that wanders the grounds at night, leaping upon those that walk alone.