Spring Lake, Mt. Olivet and Woodlawn Cemeteries


Spring Lake Cemetery along the Fox-River-Trail

Two interesting cemeteries along the Fox River and another one in Joliet were on the menu for the day. The first two are at the intersection of the Virgil Gilman and Fox River Trails.

We drove to the Spring Lake Cemetery as the Smiley and West Radio program was underway. Although the signal was a bit sketchy this far from Chicago it was still nice to hear these two “old warhorses” striking the Progressive Note of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is another cemetery with some impressive granite and marble headstones but few mausoleums. And like the Mt. Olivet Cemetery across the street it has plenty of character but is much older (for the most part).

Mt. Olivet is perhaps a Catholic Cemetery and is smaller but well kept. We noted a lady with her dog sitting atop one of the graves perhaps in mourning for a loved one now departed.

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