What do Thomas Hart Benton (the Senator), William S. Burroughs (the author), and William Clark (of “Lewis and Clark”) have together in common? The answer is that they are all interred at the sprawling, urban necropolis of Bellefontaine Cemetery.
Bellefontaine Cemetery was established in 1849 as a place for bodies of an older Downtown cemetery to be moved, making the area Downtown suitable for development. After the Cholera Epidemic and Fire of that same year, it became clear that the new cemetery would have a successful start (I know, that’s a bit morbid). Anyway, good foresight and design granted Bellefontaine Cemetery with a beautiful, parklike setting that still exists. Over the years, many of the city’s finest sons and daughters came to rest here, some of who had ornate architectural monuments or crypts erected in their honor.
We had a fabulous time visiting, and hope you’ll get a sense of that in the images above and those that follow. Enjoy!
By the way, Photo Flood Saint Louis was featured by St. Louis Public Radio. Their website is a fantastic resource for all things St. Louis and beyond!
Our end point is easily the mecca of chicken and waffles. The Goody Goody Diner is an icon of North St. Louis, and we all agreed about why.
Great job everyone! Really looking forward to the next outing.
Yes, definitely! Make some room on your calendar for the 13th….
This is beautiful collection of images, great work everyone!
if you go to the back road of the place to the underground mausoleums, there’s one that looks like Yosemite Sam I swear.
Thanks for the tip!
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