McKittrick's map of Bellefontaine Cemetery (1875)
|Author:||McKittrick and Co.|
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|Source:||Library of Congress|
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The cemetery was founded as a "non-sectarian community cemetery open to all regardless of religious affiliations" in 1849. Just in time, too, as later that year a cholera epidimic would wipe out around 10% of St Louis' population.
Among the more notable interments here is the grave of Ellis Wainwright which was designed by Louis Sullivan. Other high-rollers you might want to check out while you're there are beer man Adolphus Busch's big gothic thing and William S. Burroughs' substantially more subdued monument.
For more map resources and imagery from this period in St Louis' history, check out the State Historical Society of Missouri's website.