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Potter's Field

Hidden Truths

 

—The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park, Then and Now —

 
Potter's Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 18, 2008
1. Potter's Field Marker
Inscription. From 1843 to 1871, this area was the City Cemetery potter's field, a graveyard for the poor and disenfranchised. More that 15,000 people, including 4,000 Civil War Rebels, were buried here on marshy land near the water's edge. Within six days in July 1854, over 200 cholera victims were laid to rest. Chicago's first Jewish cemetery, established in 1846, was located on what is today's furthest north baseball diamond. Baseball fields have occupied these grounds since 1877. Due to various oversights, many bones likely remain here beneath the soil.

This two-part project by Pamela Bannos continues on the Internet: http://hiddentruths.northwestern.edu
 
Erected 2008 by Northwestern University CIRA and URGC Research Grants.
 
Location. 41° 54.835′ N, 87° 37.829′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Click for map. Marker is in Lincoln Park west of the baseball fields. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60614, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Couch Tomb (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Cemetery (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Couch Tomb
Potter's Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 18, 2008
2. Potter's Field Marker
On the reverse of each marker is a map of the 1863 City Cemetery layout. The white dots indicate the marker placements. The red dot indicates that marker's placement in the context of the City Cemetery grounds.
(about 400 feet away); Abraham Lincoln Monument (about 500 feet away); Abandoned Shoreline of Lake Michigan (about 700 feet away); Lincoln Park Transitions (about 800 feet away but has been reported missing); Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second City (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
 
Regarding Potter's Field. This is one in a series of six markers in Lincoln Park intended for display May-November, 2008.
 
Also see . . .  Hidden Truths: The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park, Then and Now. This two-part project by Pamela Bannos continues on the internet. (Submitted on August 26, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsWar, US Civil
 
Potter's Field Marker with baseball fields in the background. image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 18, 2008
3. Potter's Field Marker with baseball fields in the background.
Potter's Field Marker view facing southwest. image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 18, 2008
4. Potter's Field Marker view facing southwest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,973 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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