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

Main Street Cemetery

Main Street Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
October 5, 2012
1. Main Street Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  In the early days this was the entrance to the cemetery since the original Main Street was one block west of present day Main Street. For this reason, as you will note, most of the inscriptions on the gravestones are facing west.

As a result of Henry Carpenter's wish for a proper burial ground in Downers Grove, Samuel Curtiss donated a part of his sheep pasture for a cemetery. He later was paid $15 for the land, collected from people who formed a cemetery association. Plots were sold for $5. Each plot contained five or six grave sites. Many plots were never sold.

The first interment in the cemetery was in 1856 and the cemetery continued as a burial ground for the community of Downers Grove until 1939.

This cemetery is the final resting place for many of the members of the Village's founding families, mothers and fathers, babies and children, Civil War soldiers, a veteran of the War of 1812 and a former slave. Both Henry Carpenter and Samuel Curtiss and their families are buried here.

Main Street Cemetery has the rare distinction of being one of very few cemeteries in the country remaining in a downtown
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Main Street Cemetery is maintained by the Village of Downers Grove with the stewardship of 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° 47.573′ N, 88° 0.661′ W. Marker is in Downers Grove, Illinois, in DuPage County. Marker can be reached from Main Street. The markers are in a wooden arch on the west side of the cemetery, facing an access road. 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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Indian Boundary Line (approx. 0.3 miles 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. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downers Grove.
This marker identifies those interred in the cemetery image. Click for full size.
October 5, 2012
2. This marker identifies those interred in the cemetery
Main Street Cemetery image. Click for full size.
October 5, 2012
3. 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 678 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2012. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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