Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois

Photo by Michael Kleen

Counted among the Windy City’s premier burial grounds, Rosehill Cemetery, at 5800 N. Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, sprawls over 350 acres and is the final resting place for over 55,000 of the city’s former residents, including several mayors. At least four Congressional Medal of Honor winners are buried here: George Kretsinger, Peter O’Brien, William George Stephens, and James Curtis Watson.

Eternity House

Rosehill’s neoclassical mausoleum, the largest in Chicago, was designed by Sidney Lovell and opened in 1914. Four marble Doric columns distinguish its main entrance, and its floors are made from Italian marble. Department store tycoons Aaron Montgomery Ward and Richard Warren Sears are interred inside, as well as Illinois Governor Richard B. Ogilvie.

Many Hopes Lie Buried Here

Lulu Edith Fellows (1867-1883) died of typhoid fever at the age of 16. Her statue is encased in glass, but small vents allow visitors to drop coins and other tokens of appreciation inside. Her epitaph reads: “Many hopes lie buried here.” Hers is one of the most visited graves in Rosehill Cemetery.

The Hounds are Silent

These stone greyhounds are among the most unique monuments in Rosehill. They are found in the Stein family plot, but whether they represent beloved family pets or symbolize familial spirit is unknown.

Rock of Chickamauga

Maj. Gen. George Henry Thomas (1816-1870), “The Rock of Chickamauga”, was a storied Union general in the Western Theater during the American Civil War, but he is not buried here. His actual grave is in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York. Thomas earned the nickname when his corps averted disaster by standing fast on a hill at the Battle of Chickamauga. This monument is dedicated in his honor.

Last Train Home

George S. Bangs (1823-1877) designed the first railway mail car. His intricately-carved limestone monument appropriately depicts a mail car emerging from a railroad tunnel beneath a life-sized tree. Bangs was an early supporter of Abraham Lincoln, and he served as General Superintendent of the Railway Mail Service under President Ulysses S. Grant.

Author: Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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