WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News - Backhoe Operator Uncovers Historic Illinois Cemetery

Backhoe Operator Uncovers Historic Illinois Cemetery

PRAIRIETOWN, Ill. (AP) - An historic cemetery was uncovered in southern Illinois during work to build a new water line.

A backhoe operator was digging a trench for the water line when the gravestones were uncovered just off Route 159 near Prairietown last week. The Telegraph in Alton reports that Fosterburg Water District officials called project engineers, who notified the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

Anthropologist Dawn Cobb investigated. She says there was a cemetery in the area in 1873 and a church in 1892. Cobb says the backhoe uncovered broken and fallen markers covered with honeysuckle and poison ivy. She says the gravestones had crosses.  More digging uncovered the outline of a coffin.

The contractor decided to build the water line over an existing line so digging would take place in already-disturbed soil.

See other LocalNews news:

Mt. Vernon Police Arrest Three During Drug Bust on Mt. Vernon Home
Marion County Sheriff's Department Investigate Two Burglary-Theft Cases
Salem Woman Arrested on Drug and Traffic Charges
Police Beat for Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Salem Police Report Two Tobacco Retailers Sold Tobacco to Minors in Latest Check




This Site logo