In the early days of Blue Island's history, the need for a public burial ground was evident. The Blue Island Cemetery Association organized and managed this plot of land as a cemetery until 1898, when the city passed an ordinance prohibiting burial within city limits.
The land sat abandoned until 1922 when a group of citizens organized the Memorial Park Association whose sole purpose was to create a public park from the old cemetery. In April 1928, this was accomplished when the land was turned over to the Blue Island Park District, which began to develop it in 1935 through the Works Progress Administration. Some graves were moved to other local cemeteries, but many remained.
GPS Coordinates: 41.66242, -87.68769
- Added: 24 Nov 2006
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2197882
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