Three On A Match: Cemeteries in Elgin and St. Charles

Summary

Entrance to Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin, IL

Wikipedia reports as follows:

Cemetery Walk

Each autumn since 1988 the Society has conducted a walk in Elgin’s historic Bluff City Cemetery. The Cemetery Walk presents costumed actors portraying the lives and personalities of some of the cemetery’s residents and includes other displays on cemetery customs, styles, and ceremonies of the past.[6]

We have ridden past this cemetery in years past. It is part of a 50+ mile ride we have done on our recumbent bicycles. Judging from my recollections I was not prepared for the really wonderful experience I had here today. This is an impressive cemetery in every way. It has rolling hills that are steep enough that riding a bike on its roadways would be difficult even for a very fit rider.

The property is extensive and seems to go on for more acres than are presently being used. It has a nice mixture of gravestones ranging from the ornate to the very simple. The place shows loving care in terms of its upkeep. And that is always a plus.

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Afterwards we were headed down to the French Cemetery in Montgomery, IL but got drawn into visiting two that we passed on the way there. On the east side of Route 25 is the Union Cemetery and opposite it is the North Cemetery. These two have monuments to fallen soldiers and some very nice mausoleums. So we stayed for a brief while (still hoping to get down to Montgomery) but when the light started to fade I decided to pack it in.

All in all it was a good day.