19th Century Remains Found at St. Louis Site

3 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Friday, June 06 2014 Jun 6, 2014 Friday, June 06, 2014 8:28:44 AM CDT June 06, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Human remains from a 19th century cemetery have been unearthed at the site of a new Ikea store in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that workers unearthed the remains Thursday, but the discovery is not expected to delay the project.

Workers were digging when they hit a vault. Homicide detectives were initially called but quickly determined it was nothing suspicious.

The land was the Rock Spring Cemetery from 1849 to 1855. Hundreds of graves were moved away from the site after a cholera outbreak prompted St. Louis to require that new cemeteries be built outside city limits.

Plans are to rebury the bones in a section of Calvary Cemetery where more than 100 people from the former Rock Springs Cemetery are also buried.

 

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