HISTORY & LEGACIES AT
AT BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY
Founded in 1849, Bellefontaine was
the first rural cemetery west of the Mississippi
and on the nation's finest examples of a
Many famous Americans are buried here,
amid sculptures, monuments and stately trees.
A walk through the grounds is more an
historical art tour, with much to learn about its
permanent residents . . .
including statesmen, pioneers, artists and generals.
. . . none more famous than General William Clark,
co-captain of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1804-1806),
one of the first to be interred at Bellefontaine.
It is interesting to see Clark's monument
pay tribute to his concern over
the poor treatment of the native Americans
in the 19th century.
(Tomorrow, more monuments and gravestones
paying tribute to notable Americans.)