Unexpected Findings

The yellow dots on this Google satellite image mark locations that have been mentioned in various publications, referencing unexpected findings of skeletal remains. The City and Catholic Cemeteries are designated distinctly by the white borders. Although I heard additional accounts of findings off the record, this representation is a fair visualization of the widespread, hidden vestiges from the cemeteries. It appears that more graves were unearthed within the Catholic Cemetery grounds because of the many foundation excavations during residential construction. The published accounts of Lincoln Park findings were mostly related to the trenches that were dug for water and sewer lines. Roll over the yellow dots for the dates and reports related to those locations.

On May 8, 2008, the Chicago Tribune reported that a day earlier workers unexpectedly encountered bones at a construction site at 1453 N. Dearborn St. According to the article, "John Mirabelli, a Chicago police spokesman, said an investigation is under way. Officials said it was possible the site where the remains were found was once a cemetery."

On February 22, 2010, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that bones were discovered in the ground on the 1500 block of North State Parkway. According to the article, "It was not immediately known whether the bones were human, and the site may have previously been a cemetery at some point..."

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