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Read Dunning Memorial Park
Also known as: Chicago Hospital Cemetery, Dunning Cemetery, Potters Field
West Belle Plaine Avenue
Cook County
Illinois  USA

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Originally 20 acres and later expanded. An estimated 38,000 people were buried here including unidentified victims of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Potter's Field, the Cook County poor Farm, Insane Asylum and Chicago State Hospital, etc.

Most of the cemetery has been plowed under and used for housing developments, a shopping mall and parking lot, etc.

All that is left is an open space called the Read-Dunning memorial Park with a few fragments of grave markers. No new burials have been added here since sometime in the 1920's.

From 1911-1970 Cook County also buried indigent people at the Oak Forest Cemetery and since then at Archer Woods (1970-1979) and Homewood Memorial Gardens since 1980. These people do not have grave markers.
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