Surprise! I’m talking about the Couch Tomb in Lincoln Park!
Yes, welcome to this Spooky Edition of “Did you know…?“
So once upon a time, the area by and around the Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo was a cemetery. Because Lake Michigan is right there, and Chicago is built up on swampy land, the ground would get soggy, causing the dead to rise! (New Orleans is known to have this problem, too.) No, not walking around like some kind of gory horror film, but I can imagine it was extremely disturbing.
Also, because of an awful combination of confusion and desperation, there were people buried in graves that were deeded to others! So, after years of fed-uppedness, the city began having graves moved to other cemeteries (around the time of the great Chicago Fire and the Chicago River being reversed) – including Rosehill Cemetery.
So, onto where the graves were moved – Graceland and Rosehill Cemeteries. Interesting fact: Rosehill actually is misnamed, like how Kimball was supposed to be Kimbell that I talked about in January. It was named after a guy named Roe and the hill he farmed on – Roe’s Hill. But, just like in Mr. Kimbell’s situation, a clerk made an error that ended up being a pleasant mistake. And, what’s nice about this cemetery, too, is there are no religious requirements to be remembered here, as the monuments will reveal. (If you’ve never been, I strongly encourage you to visit.)
(Frances Pearce’s tomb, with her daughter, pictured above)
The story behind it is even more sad and fascinating than the monument itself. Her husband Horacio Pearce was so grief-stricken, as this was his second family to pass away, that he had this tomb commissioned to remember them both.
And, it was not the original: That one sank into the sea! And, Rosehill was the second monument’s second location, as it’s one of the ones that was moved from (now) Lincoln Park! After it was moved, the glass encasing was added. It has me wondering if that was his way of preventing any more tragedy.
So, the next time you’re in the area, be sure to pay your respects to poor Mr. Couch (maybe) and his family (another maybe). Because no one knows for sure if the tomb is even occupied. But, it seems like the proper thing to do.
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