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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.

9331 S. Ewing Ave., Chicago, IL
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.
M-F 7 am - 4 pm, call ahead. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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.

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