Oak Ridge Cemetery, Illinois (Images of America Series)

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Springfield's historic Oak Ridge Cemetery is accounted second only to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as the most visited cemetery in the United States. The burial place of Abraham Lincoln, Oak Ridge's dramatically landscaped grounds are an important contribution to American landscape architecture. A portrait of Victorian sentimentalizing of death, Oak Ridge provides a sublime backdrop for contemplating life. Unlike grim churchyards and bleak graveyards, rural cemeteries are places of great ...
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Overview


Springfield's historic Oak Ridge Cemetery is accounted second only to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., as the most visited cemetery in the United States. The burial place of Abraham Lincoln, Oak Ridge's dramatically landscaped grounds are an important contribution to American landscape architecture. A portrait of Victorian sentimentalizing of death, Oak Ridge provides a sublime backdrop for contemplating life. Unlike grim churchyards and bleak graveyards, rural cemeteries are places of great beauty for the living who continue to use them for walking, riding, and quiet reflection. But Oak Ridge's peacefulness has occasionally been disturbed, as in 1876 when gunfire rang out while secret service agents attempted to catch grave robbers who had broken into the Lincoln Tomb.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738577234
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,446,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Edward J. Russo and Curtis R. Mann use compelling images from the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library, Springfield's public library, to illustrate 150 years of Oak Ridge history-from its 1860 dedication to its maturity as one of the most beautiful spots in the Springfield area.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Oak Ridge Early Days 9

2 The Lincoln Monument 21

3 The Cemetery Beautiful 51

4 Memorial Artistry 69

5 People and Activities 91

6 Among the Distinguished 117

Index 126

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