“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Downers Grove in DuPage County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Main Street Cemetery

A Downers Grove Historic Site

— circa 1856 —

Main Street Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
October 5, 2012
1. Main Street Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  In 1856, Samuel Curtiss donated part of his sheep pasture for use as a cemetery. He was later paid $15 for the land, money from individuals who formed a cemetery association in 1864. Nearly 100 members of Downers Grove's early families, including Israel Blackburn, a freedman, and members of the Blanchard, Curtiss and Wells families are buried here. The cemetery was used until 1939 when Emma Foster Miller was the last to be interred. It is one of the few American cemeteries located in a main business district.
Erected 2000 by The Downers Grove Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 41° 47.575′ N, 88° 0.621′ W. Marker is in Downers Grove, Illinois, in DuPage County. Marker is on Main Street, 0.1 miles south of Curtiss Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Downers Grove IL 60515, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Main Street Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Farmer's and Merchant's Bank Building
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Temple (about 800 feet away); The Indian Boundary Line (approx. ¼ mile away); Ben Fuller House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Get Your "Chicks" on Rte 66 (approx. 4.9 miles away); Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket (approx. 4.9 miles away); Bruno F. Shustek (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downers Grove.
Main Street Cemetery image. Click for full size.
October 5, 2012
2. Main Street Cemetery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2012. This page has been viewed 582 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2012. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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