St. Louisans like to claim famous St. Louisans, but they don’t always choose St. Louis as their place of eternal rest. Writer Eugene Field is buried outside of Chicago. Scott Joplin is buried in Queens, N.Y. Pierre Laclede rests in an unmarked grave somewhere near the confluence of the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers. Phyllis Diller’s ashes were scattered at sea, and Josephine Baker is buried in Monaco.
But some lie among us at area cemeteries, and can be visited in person. Bellefontaine Cemetery offers tours of their cemetery, and Calvary Cemetery offers maps. Here’s a virtual visit to just some of the area’s more famous graves.
by Valerie Schremp Hahn