Ann Brainerd was a charming 9 year old girl who purchased a plot of land on Captiva Island in Florida for the price of a gold piece. Unfortunately, she passed away shortly after her purchase and was buried on the property. Read this interesting, true story here.
This section in Woodlawn Cemetery in Illinois was originally established as a final resting place for show people. Shortly after its creation, a horrible tragedy occurred. A circus train with over 400 performers and animals was on its way to Hammond, Indiana when it was hit by another train. Three cars were destroyed and a fire broke out. An estimated 86 performers were killed, but miraculously, no animals died. The deceased were gathered and buried in this plot called Showman’s Rest. Since nobody knew the names of some of the dead, they were buried with headstones marked “Unknown Male” and a number. Go here to check it out.
Who hasn't heard of Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster. He was buried in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. For more information, go here.
Daniel Burnham was a famous American architect, who lived in Chicago. Not only was he responsible for designing numerous famous American buildings, but he was also the Director of Works for The World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. See more information here:
If you want to read a fascinating true story about The Columbian Exposition, I suggest you check out “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson. It’s about the link between Daniel Burnham, a serial killer and the creation of the World’s Fair.
The following pictures are just interesting crypts and statues that I've seen:
This was just a small group of some really neat things that I have seen by visiting cemeteries and Memorials. Through them, I learned a lot about history, war, the circus, organized crime and Chicago. Visiting these places gave me a unique perspective that I would never have gotten otherwise. I also have a better
appreciation for cemeteries and what the past can teach us if we stop to look and investigate what it is trying to tell us. The next time you are near a cemetery, stop by and see what interesting things you can learn.