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Bellefontaine Cemetery

Bellefontaine Cemetery

Bellefontaine Cemetery has many historically important people interred within its beautiful and peaceful 314 acres. Some of those buried there are Adolphus Busch, of the famed Anheuser-Busch beer brewery, William Clark, famous explorer of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, James Eads, who designed the St Louis Eads Bridge, Susan E. Blow, started the first public Kindergarten in the United States, James S. McDonnell, of the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, Thomas C. Fletcher, 18th Governor of Missouri, Edward Mallinckrodt, founder of the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals Company and many more.

Bellefontaine Cemetery History

The cemetery was started in 1849 by a group of prominent men from the city of St. Louis who recognized that the city was expanding and the existing cemeteries were located in its path. Almerin Hotchkiss, an associate of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed New York's Central Park, was hired to design the layout of the cemetery and he was the Superintendent for 46 years. What the cemetery looks like today is due largely to his work. Hotchkiss became friends with Henry Shaw and with his help, the cemetery is now noted to have one of the finest collections of trees in the St. Louis area. Amazing examples of architecture and cemetery art can also be found at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Of note is the Wainwright Tomb, designated as a St. Louis City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Buried inside are St. Louis millionaire and beer brewer, Ellis Wainwright and his wife Charlotte. The tomb was designed by Louis Sullivan, the same architect who designed the St. Louis Wainwright Building, the first modern skyscraper in the world.

Bellefontaine Cemetery Address and Phone Numbers

Bellefontaine Cemetery
4927 West Florissant Ave
St. Louis, MO 63115
314-381-0750

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Bellefontaine Cemetery office at the Main Gate
Bellefontaine Cemetery office at the Main Gate
The Busch Family Tomb at Bellefontaine Cemetery
The Busch Family Tomb at Bellefontaine Cemetery
The Lemp Family Tomb in Bellefontaine Cemetery
The Lemp Family Tomb in Bellefontaine Cemetery
The Wainwright Tomb at Bellefontaine Cemetery, NR, City Landmark
The Wainwright Tomb at Bellefontaine Cemetery, NR, City Landmark
William Clark
William Clark's tomb
William Clark
William Clark's tomb
Obelisk at William Clark
Obelisk at William Clark's tomb
William Clark
William Clark's Tomb at Bellefontaine Cemetery
The Bayrd Family mausoleum
The Bayrd Family mausoleum
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Bellefontaine Cemetery
The Blow Family-Henry Blow and daughter Susan Blow
The Blow Family-Henry Blow and daughter Susan Blow
Carroll family plot
Carroll family plot
Catherine "Kate" Brewington Bennett
Catherine "Kate" Brewington Bennett
Christian "Chris" Von der Ahe, owner of original St Louis professional baseball team
Christian "Chris" Von der Ahe, owner of original St Louis professional baseball team
David Rowland Francis Family Plot
David Rowland Francis Family Plot
Missouri Governor, David Rowland Francis
Missouri Governor, David Rowland Francis
Eberhard Anheuser mausoleum, beer brewer
Eberhard Anheuser mausoleum, beer brewer
George Warren Brown tomb, shoe manufacturer
George Warren Brown tomb, shoe manufacturer
Griesedieck Family Plot, beer brewer
Griesedieck Family Plot, beer brewer
Hilt Tomb
Hilt Tomb
Hotchkiss Chapel Columbarium, Bellefontaine Cemetery
Hotchkiss Chapel Columbarium, Bellefontaine Cemetery
Hotchkiss Chapel
Hotchkiss Chapel
Lemp Family tomb, beer brewers
Lemp Family tomb, beer brewers
Mallinckrodt tomb, founder of Mallinckrodt Chemical Works
Mallinckrodt tomb, founder of Mallinckrodt Chemical Works
Richardson mausoleum
Richardson mausoleum
Doors to the Richardson mausoleum
Doors to the Richardson mausoleum
Robert Barnes, founder of Barnes hospital
Robert Barnes, founder of Barnes hospital
Samuel Cupples tomb, built Cupples Station
Samuel Cupples tomb, built Cupples Station
Samuel Gaty Family plot, manufacture the first steamboat west of the Mississippi
Samuel Gaty Family plot, manufacture the first steamboat west of the Mississippi
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Semple-Ames Family plot
Sterling Price, Missouri Governor and Confederate General
Sterling Price, Missouri Governor and Confederate General
A look inside the Adolphus Busch family mausoleum
A look inside the Adolphus Busch family mausoleum
The Adolphus Busch mausoleum, beer brewer
The Adolphus Busch mausoleum, beer brewer
Alanson D. Brown tomb, shoe manufacturer
Alanson D. Brown tomb, shoe manufacturer
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