Sunday, May 7, 2017

The name means "Place of the Dead"

I recently took a trip up to Rock Island and with the help of fellow photographer Sean Flynn explored the Chippiannock cemetery. Chippiannock which is a native american term which means 'Place of the Dead' was founded in 1854 and consists of 62 acres of rolling hills and grasslands. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 it is the resting place of soldiers, civil war generals, prominent politicians and business leaders and so much more.

There were markers of all shapes and sizes, big and small. Some were very ornate and some were simple in their presentation. Some of the more prominent people buried there are:

*Napoleon Buford, a Union general of the civil war, his half brother was General John Buford who fought at Gettysburg.

*Ransom Cable, president of the Chicago,Rick Island, & Pacific railroad

*William Hoffman, another civil war Union general

*Richard Mansill, whose marker is thought to represent the four pillars of the universe

*Captain David Tipton, steamboat captain and personal friend of Mark Twain

And so many more. The day I was there I spent hours inside the place and barely scratched the surface. If cemeteries and the histories behind the people interred there fascinate you, or if ornate markers from a near forgotten age interest you consider a drive up to visit the Chippiannock.

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