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Graceland Cementery, Chicago: 4 reviews and 3 photos

  Couch Mausoleum
by Dabs

I've often driven past the Couch mausoleum in Lincoln Park and wondered what it was doing there, standing all by itself.

It turns out that Lincoln Park was once the Chicago City Cemetery where over 20,000 people were buried, most of whom were relocated (some into Graceland cemetery) in 1866 when the city decided to turn it into a park.

Although it was believed that the area was free of corpses except for Mr. Couch (and whomever else might be buried in there) and the unmarked grave of David Kennison , who claimed to be a 116-year-old Boston Tea Party survivor, occasionally bodies are found during construction in the area

Ira Couch was a well known wealthy hotelier, builder of the city's first grand hotel, the Tremont House. When he died in 1857, he was buried in this mausoleum.

Why is it still here? Story has it that the Couch family appealed to officials that it was too large and expensive to move, certainly the Couch family had some political clout in those days.

If you are near the Chicago History Museum, take a look for it, just north of it around Clark St. and North Avenue.

Address: 4001 N Clark St
Phone: 1 773-525-1105
Website: http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/

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  • Updated Dec 19, 2006
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