The mausoleum was built by Joseph M. Miller, a prominent citizen of Madison Township in Johnson County, Missouri. He was a teacher, a farmer, and a man who liked to read the Bible. He decided he didn't want to be buried because of his concern about the water that settles into graves. He appreciated the ideas of people in the Bible burying their dead in caves where they would be dry. He began working on the mausoleum in 1916 and it became known as "Joseph's Tomb". It's not clear exactly when the main structure was finished but in 1934 the doors and windows were still not in. The walls of the first floor are three feet thick and those of the second floor are two feet thick. Above the second floor is a turret with a dome on top that is flattened into an observation platform. One of the main entrances leads down into the family crypt. The second floor of the tomb was devoted to religious pictures and space for a museum. There also used to be a park surrounding the building. After the older family was gone, the younger generation didn't take interest in the mausoleum and it began to fall into a state of disrepair. Joseph Miller's father, brothers, sisters and six children of his and his wife, Laura, who died in infancy, are interred there.
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GPS Coordinates: 38.73029, -93.993
- Added: 2 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2451716
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