Gold Coast Bones May Pre-Date Great Fire
By Marcus Gilmer in News on Feb 24, 2010 8:20PM
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The area between Dearborn Street and Lake Shore Drive south of North Avenue to Schiller Street was a Roman Catholic cemetery from early in the city's history until after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, according to historians...
The city cemetery was relocated in the 1860s, with many of the bodies going to the Dunning neighborhood on the Northwest Side. The Catholic cemetery was sold off in pieces in the late 1800s, according to accounts from the time. Human remains have been found frequently since in both areas whenever digging has taken place.
Dolan estimated the bodies were buried there between 1840 and 1860.