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Mt. Greenwood Cemetery Walk

  • 13 Jul 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • Mt. Greenwood Cemetery 2900 W 111st St Chicago, IL



Mt. Greenwood Cemetery Walk

Our Chicago Genealogical Society is offering to lead a cemetery walk through the beautiful Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, the entrance at 2900 West 111th on the west side of Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood. While one might think that this cemetery, consecrated in 1879, catered just to far southwest side residents for the most part, such is not the case. This park-like setting-style cemetery had its own railroad station. The Grand Trunk railroad, which had a downtown terminal, offered rail service to the cemetery for both the mourned and the mourners.

We will be walking through rolling hills and groves of native oaks. The grounds were formed by glaciers and at one time the west beach of glacial Lake Michigan. Among the sites worth seeing is that of the area where members of the "Benevolent Protective Order of Elks" are buried. Among many other interesting individuals buried there is Robert Haslam, an actual "Pony Express" rider. Many other Interesting original monuments and statues will also be visited and interpreted. Our cemetery walk guide will be Craig Pfannkuche.

Registration is required via the CGS website and will close Friday, 12 July, at noon CST. Attendees will receive an email after registration closes with a cemetery map detailing information on the meeting spot.

If you cannot attend, we plan on live-streaming some of the cemetery walk that morning on Facebook so check it out. 

Member Gravestone Photo Request

***CGS Members*** The CGS Cemetery Committee is offering to take gravestone photos for members at the Mt Greenwood Cemetery. One request per member please. Please first check FindAGrave and BillionGraves websites to see if a photo is already available. Depending on the number of requests received, it may not be possible for volunteers to complete every one. Also, volunteers may not be successful in finding the requested graves. If the grave is located, you will be emailed photo(s) of the gravestone, and CGS will also load the images on FindAGrave.

Provide the name, dates, and location (section, plot) if known. You can contact the cemetery office (773-233-0136) and request information. Photo requests will be taken between May 1 and June 30. Send your request by June 30th to CGS Attn: Mt Greenwood Cemetery Walk Gravestone Photo Request.

Chicago Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Address: PO Box 1160, Chicago, IL  60690-1160

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