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Hutchinson Cemetery & Springfield High School

 
 
Hutchinson Cemetery & Springfield High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
1. Hutchinson Cemetery & Springfield High School Marker
Inscription.  On this site in 1843, John Hutchinson, undertaker, cabinetmaker, and businessman, established the first private burial ground in Springfield. Located on the western edge of the then-newly-incorporated city. Hutchinson Cemetery operated for several decades and received the remains of more than 700 of Springfield's earliest and most respected citizens, including land developer Pascal P. Enos, Rev. Charles Dresser, and early Springfield merchant Robert Irwin. Edward Baker "Eddie" Lincoln, the three year old son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, was buried here in February 1850, as were many other Springfield children who succumbed to infections and diseases no longer considered life-threatening by modern medical standards. The cemetery continued to receive burials through the Civil War, but in 1874 a city ordinance closed Hutchinson. Eventually most of the bodies were exhumed and removed to Oak Ridge Cemetery on Springfield's north side.

The Springfield School District acquired the former cemetery lot and constructed the present and fourth Springfield High School here in 1917. built in the Beaux Arts style, the school was considered at the
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time the most modern public educational facility in the state. Most of the original exterior architectural details and mosiacs remain intact. Notable graduates include: Poet Vachel Lindsay; Homer translator Robert Fitzgerald; educator Susan Wilcox; scientist and Presidential Advisor Dr. J. Lee Westrate; World Bank Director E. Patrick Coady; and Medal of Honor winner Brigadier General Edward J. McClernand.
 
Erected 2005 by The Springfield High School History Club and the Illinois State Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCemeteries & Burial SitesEducation. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Illinois State Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
Location. 39° 48.057′ N, 89° 39.601′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is at the intersection of South Lewis Street and West Adams Street, on the right when traveling south on South Lewis Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 S Lewis Street, Springfield IL 62704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Cabin in Springfield (approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish American War Memorial
Hutchinson Cemetery & Springfield High School Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 27, 2020
2. Hutchinson Cemetery & Springfield High School Marker
Marker is in front of the school.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); The State Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); Second and Monroe Streets (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Sangamon County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spring and Edwards Streets (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln's Final Journey (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
 
Also see . . .  Springfield High School on Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 805 times since then and 137 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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