Cook
County
Cemetery,
Dunning

Chicago, Illinois
Cook County Cemetery at Dunning

In the Dunning neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side, there was once a county poor house and mental hospital. Once they had entered, many of the inmates never left, and were eventually buried there.

This was a "Potter's Field", a place for the poor, indigent, and unknown. As with similar graveyards elsewhere, there were rarely any permanent individual markers - and no expectation of visitors.

Little remains of the hospital's graveyard now. There are only a handful of fragments of headstones, now affixed to concrete frames.

The cemetery was forgotten for many years until home construction in the 1990s unearthed hundreds of bones. A retired Presbyterian minister, Rev. William Brauer, led efforts to memorialize the site and in 2001 Read-Dunning Memorial Park was dedicated. The site has been preserved as a wide open area, with concrete disks set into the ground to commemorate the various groups of people buried here.

 

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Entrance Arch

Path

Central Memorial

old dedication stone

memorial disks

Unknown Poor

Cook County Poor House

Orphaned Children

fragments

Hier Ruhet...

Sick and Infirm

Insane Asylum

Civil War Veterans

Chicago Fire Victims

References and Links

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