Chicago, Illinois: Grave in a Junkyard

The grave of Andreas Von Zirngibl, veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, is surrounded by concrete blocks in the middle of a junkyard.
Address:
9331 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago, IL
Directions:
Within the junkyard of Sims Metal Management Midwest. Extreme southeastern tip of the city, near the Indiana border. I-90 exit 0. Take US Hwy 41/S. Ewing Ave. to E. 93rd Court, which is the entrance to the junkyard. Call ahead before you visit, as it is an active junkyard. You probably will be escorted.
Hours:
M-F 7 am - 4 pm, call ahead. (Call to verify)
Phone:
773-721-1100
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Grave in a Junkyard

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Grave in a junkyard.

Grave in a Junkyard

The grave of Andreas Von Zirngibl (1797-1855) is surrounded by concrete blocks in the middle of an active scrapyard. Von Zirngibl was a German veteran of the battle of Waterloo who later emigrated to the U.S. and wished to be buried on his land in perpetuity. There have been many legal battles to relocate the grave, but so far Von Zirngibl is getting his way.

[Joseph D. Kubal, 08/25/2012]

When Von Zirngibl was buried in 1855, this was probably a bucolic, restful spot.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Oldest Monument In ChicagoOldest Monument In Chicago, Chicago, IL - 2 mi.
24-Foot-Tall Gaudy Gold Statue24-Foot-Tall Gaudy Gold Statue, Chicago, IL - 4 mi.
Mascot Hall of FameMascot Hall of Fame, Whiting, IN - 4 mi.
In the region:
Bobby Hull Statue, Cicero, IL - 13 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

August 21, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Illinois Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee (Aug 19-25, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now