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Hidden Truths

The Chicago City Cemetery and Lincoln Park, Then and Now

 
 
The Kennison Boulder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 14, 2008
1. The Kennison Boulder Marker
Inscription. The 1852 funeral for David Kennison was the most elaborate Chicago had ever seen. The City paid all expenses, and donated 2 cemetery lots, intending to erect a monument on his grave. That never happened. The legend of his exploits grew to unfeasible proportions. His Boston Tea Party fame, military achievements, and his claim to have lived to the age of 115 years are disputed today. This boulder, installed 50 years after Kennison's death, is likely two blocks north of his actual burial site in what was then the Chicago City Cemetery.

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° 55′ N, 87° 38.072′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of North Clark Street and West Wisconsin Street, on the right when traveling north on North Clark Street. Touch for map. 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. Kennison Boulder Monument (here, next to this marker); Old Town Triangle (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct
The Kennison Boulder Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 14, 2008
2. The Kennison Boulder 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.
line); Lincoln Park Transitions (about 800 feet away but has been reported missing); Landmark Landings (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abandoned Shoreline of Lake Michigan (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Rites of Spring” (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Henry Gerber House (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Regarding Hidden Truths. 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.) 
 
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The Kennison Boulder Markers image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 14, 2008
3. The Kennison Boulder Markers
Hidden Truths Marker with Kennison boulder. image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, August 14, 2008
4. Hidden Truths Marker with Kennison boulder.
The Kennison Boulder image. Click for more information.
By Kathy Walker, August 14, 2008
5. The Kennison Boulder
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,778 times since then and 44 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week December 15, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 23, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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